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La Roussanne

 Elegance and Complexity of the White Wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

An emblematic Rhône varietal, Roussanne lends great finesse, roundness, and a complex aromatic palette to the white wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. At Berthet-Rayne, this noble grape expresses itself with refinement, imparting elegance and depth to our Tradition Blanc and Roussanne cuvées.


A Demanding Grape with a Unique Personality


Native to the Rhône Valley, Roussanne finds ideal conditions there to unleash its full aromatic potential. It thrives in the warm and dry, low-altitude terroirs, such as the clay-limestone soils scattered with rolled pebbles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. At Berthet-Rayne, our Roussanne plots, aged 20 to 40 years, are planted on our best terroirs of Chapouin and Coudoulet.


Roussanne is a delicate and low-yielding grape. Short pruning is practiced to control yields and enhance concentration. Under the influence of the Mistral wind, which sanitizes the clusters, the berries slowly accumulate aroma precursors, particularly the floral notes of honeysuckle and daffodil characteristic of the varietal.


A Grape that Brings Finesse and Complexity


In the white wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Roussanne is often blended with other varietals such as Clairette, Bourboulenc, or Grenache Blanc. It brings them great elegance, roundness, and richness, along with a complex aromatic enhancement evoking white flowers, white-fleshed fruits, and honey.

Its aging potential is remarkable.

Roussanne makes up 10% of our Tradition Blanc cuvée, alongside Clairette, Bourboulenc, and Grenache Blanc.

Harvested at optimal maturity, it is vinified at low temperatures to preserve its delicate fruitiness. The wine is distinguished by its pale yellow color, floral and citrus aromas, and a harmonious balance between roundness and freshness.

However, it is in our single-varietal Roussanne cuvée that this grape expresses all its nobility. Aged for 4 months in barrels on lees, this confidential cuvée is characterized by its intense yellow color, its refined nose of white peach, candied citrus, and white flowers, highlighted by notes of toasted bread and vanilla. The palate is full and round, with a slightly honeyed finish of great persistence.

Roussanne is a grape of great finesse that deserves the best terroirs and the utmost care. We use it sparingly in our Tradition Blanc and dedicate a special cuvée to it to reveal all its complexity and elegance
Martial Capeau, winemaker of Domaine Berthet-Rayne.

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