Marsanne - Utility or Unique?
Predominately grown in the northern Rhone valley to produce the famous Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage wine, the Marsanne wine grape is more widely used than you would initially think.
Commonly used in blends with its more arguably popular partner Roussanne, Marsanne rarely gets the opportunity to showcase itself as a single-varietal due to the required precision in its growth - too cool and it fails to ripen fully, too hot and it can over ripen. In recent years this balance has been achieved in the Languedoc region, where our featured wine is from...
This Marsanne wine is produced by Domaine Villepeyroux Forest, a vineyard located in the very heart of the Minervois region in the Languedoc. The estate boasts 40 hectares of vines planted on half slopes of clay-limestone soil, with Marselan being one of a dozen grape varieties grown on the land.
Initially the Marsanne gives you a greeting yellow color with light golden hues, clear and bright. The intense nose speaks with aromas of citrus and candied fruit that mingle with finely spicy notes. The palate is full and wide, perfectly balanced by the remarkable acidity of the Marsanne grape.
Only 4150 bottles are produced within the year by the vineyard, making it a true 'limited edition' production! When serving, we recommend at least an hours breathing for this wine, decanting if possible. With food, we advise pairing it with white meats to complement.