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Marsanne

Marsanne
Marsanne is a white grape most commonly associated with the Northern Rhône, where it is frequently blended with Roussanne and best known for the much desired white Hermitage, considered among the world's finest wines. Other notable appellations for white wine are Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph and for the sparkling whites Saint-Péray. Marsanne produces deeply coloured white wines that are full, structured and nutty with pear and sweet spice flavours. The grape can make very fine examples for sweet wines, made from dried grapes, called Vin de Paille. Outside France, the grape is very successfully grown in Victoria in Australia, and the country is accountable for 80% of the world's plantings. California is becoming an increasingly important producer of the Marsanne grape as well. Not to forget the Swiss region of Valais, which creates fine sweet expressions, named Ermitage de Flétri.

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