Roussanne is a white grape variety that is said to have originated in the Drôme department in the Rhone Valley. It is rarely grown in other parts of France and its production is extremely limited in the Languedoc.
This is a late-ripening grape, harvested between the end of August and early September. Roussanne is well suited to rather stony, lean calcareous clay soils. Good exposure is a must, and the best results are obtained when there are pronounced cool, continental climatic influences, yielding fine, delicate wines of extremely high quality that feature straw yellow colour, a remarkable nose and excellent ageing potential.
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