Rhone White Blends

The Marsanne-Roussanne combination is a Southern French staple – the former for body, the latter for aroma, finesse and aging capacity. In the Rhône, Viognier is not traditionally blended with other white grapes, but small amounts are sometimes added to reds and roses to inject an elusive note into the nose. In America, however, vintners have found Viognier to enhance many white wine blends and it is not unusual today to find it included in Rhône-style blends or even Sauvignon Blanc labeled wines.