Languedoc-roussillon Wine

 

This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, but only about ten percent of its AC wines. It’s a huge area that encompasses dozens of wine styles, varieties, and microclimates.

It is also the main site of the “crise viticole.” Historically, this region has been dominated by peasant farmers who grew grapes in quantity and sold them to the local cooperative. However, with increased competition from abroad, many of these farmers have found themselves unable to make a living. Some solutions have been vine-pull schemes and mandatory distillation. A few farmers have turned to protest and sabotage to draw attention to their plight.

One approach to the crisis has been encouraging the production of high-quality wines. Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.

The Languedoc-Roussillon is really two regions. The Languedoc is historically Occitan, while Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Languedoc-roussillon View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Languedoc-roussillon

  • Roussillon

    The Roussillon is a giant wine-producing region in the south of France. With the Languedoc, it ...

  • Beziers

  • Languedoc

      The people of this region once spoke Occitan, in which one said “oc” instead of “oui” to m...

Popular Wineries in Languedoc-roussillon View all

  • Château Maris

    British bio-dynamic wine maker Robert Eden has built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Cru ...

  • Badet Clement & Co

    A shared passion ... Since 1991, "Les Jamelles" has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delau...

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac

    Way back in 780 CE, Charlemagne’s advisor, Saint Benedict of Aniane, founded the first vineyard i...

  • Sacha Lichine

    Sacha Lichine has continued with the family tradition for innovation, by drawing on his wide expe...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • La Forge Estate

    Domaines Paul Mas arc located in the Languedoc region in the South of France. They are made of I7...

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2011

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    Want an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, try this French white varietal. A little less on the grapefruit flavors but enough citrus to stand up to any oily fish or song vegetable dish. I love this as an appetizer wine too. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Faire la Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut NV

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    Layover in DFW over the holidays. Stopped in at Vino Volo and had this to start. Nice little NV bubbly. Dry with fruit & herbs on the nose. Would make a good everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine Rocquemoliere Picpoul de Pinet 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.co.uk] for £10.Picpoul is a grape variety [ which comes in red and white versions although the white is far more common ] grown in Languedoc. It is susceptible to fungus and has low yeilds although it can do well in sandy soils so it is not widely used. Picpoul de Pinet... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Banyuls Vignerons Catalans NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/68532. Banyuls is an appellation created in 1936, although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans, for red and white fortified wines from around the Mediterranean seaside town of that name between Perpignan and the Spanish border.This is the same a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Pennautier Cabardes 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [ www.nicolas.com ] for £10.It is from the Cabardes appellation. Cabardes is a small appellation created in 1999 for red and rose wines from an area just north of Carcasonne in southern France. Wines must be a blend and a minimum of 40% of the grapes used must be from the Atlantic or Bordeaux si... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Rosbifs Pays d'Oc Shiraz 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on offer for £5.It is from Languedoc in the south of France.Languedoc is a very large area stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got appellation status in the 1980's although viticulture here goes back to before the Romans.It is an area responsible for aroun... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Gérard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2011

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    The reliable and good price-to-quality wines of Bertrand hit the mark again here: there is a lot of wild blueberry, service berry and sweet cherry on the nose due, no doubt to a good dose of Syrah and Mourvedre. The entry is dominated by more blueberry and cherry with a relatively smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is manly (alcoholic) but satis... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cote Mas Rouge Intense Sud de France 2015

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    wonderful drinkable wine, a great blend, and economical to. great wine for a cold winter night. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmhthg


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