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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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 ...

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac

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

  • La Forge Estate

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

  • 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 ...

  • Badet Clement & Co

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

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Baron d'Arignac Blanc de Blancs

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    Wine review by Salisalove


  • Penya Viognier Cotes Catalanes 2016

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    On a quality per dollar spent ratio...I don't think I've ever had a better wine. A stout, solid white wine with rich melon flavors. My first experience with Viognier and not my last, or my last with Penya, for sure. Read More

    Wine review by GrantC


  • Lavender Row Pays D' Oc France Pinot Noir 2015

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    very good for a young wine. probably sweeter than i would prefer for this cuvee which would have fared better in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Maury Sec Domaine Cabirau Cuvée Serge et Nicolas 2014

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    This was anything but "soft" or "elegant" as some write ups would suggest - this linear, fruity, tannic and rides good acidity. This need food. Red meat pasta comes to mind immediately. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de l'Aiguelière Côte Rousse Coteaux du Languedoc 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/111420 for a mere £4.The Coteaux du Languedoc is a very large area of the south of France stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got appellation status in the 1980's and is now simply called 'Languedoc'The area is responsible for about a third o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2013

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    A very smooth blend that has a consistent flavor with the varieties complementing each other. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • L'Etoile Banyuls Grand Cru 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on 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 ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Grand Noir Pinot Noir 2015

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    Improves with a little air. Very little on the nose. Garnet in color, sour cherry in the mouth with good acidity and a mild drying sensation on the tongue. Very Simple. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Pontificis 2015

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    Normally I would not be attracted to this blend, but it was crisp and light to medium bodied. Floral and a good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Domaine Laurens Cuvee Pierres Rouges Marcillac Aoc 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in north London [www.theatreofwine.com] for £13.Marcillac is an appellation for red and rose wines created in 1990 [although there has been viticulture here for centuries ] made of at least 80% mansois [sometimes called fer servadou or braucol ] from 11 communes north-west of the small town of Rodez [abou... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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