A grape variety whose origins lie squarely in the Northern Rhône, Marsanne is often blended with its close relative Roussanne. Due to the latter’s difficult nature, Marsanne has seen its use grow in appellations including St Péray, St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. Famously, Marsanne is the key component of White Hermitage, one of the world’s longest-lived and complex white wines, and such is its resonance with this legendary appellation that in Switzerland the grape itself is known as Ermitage.

So, as ever, ripeness is key and it is in Hermitage (and in parts of Australia) that Marsanne shines and can deliver wines with magnificent ageing potential.

The very best examples will strut their stuff on the wine catwalk, full of soft curves, a honeyed texture and rich, orchard fruits.

Our Marsanne wines

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