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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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

  • La Forge Estate

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

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Château Maris

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

  • Château La Bastide

    Our domaine is situated on the north end of the Appellation "CORBIERES" , in the AUDE county, 5 k...

  • 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

  • Château la Garde Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2011

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    From the Dourthe stable, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine has good colour and an inviting nose of wet earth and blackberry. Good Claret flavours of raw coffee bean, blackberry, cassis and beet. There is some tannic puckering which suggests 2-3 more years in the cellar, but seems quaffable now. Slightly more elegant than (but similar in st... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2011

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    Had this at lunch. A little young still, but pretty darn nice Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Exem Bordeaux 2011

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    At first a bit sweet and raspberry scented on the nose with some soapy floral notes, a touch of wood spice and some mineral steely accents emerging with air. Bright acids in the mouth lend this a refreshing and bright feel. Rather medium light bodied with lovely raspberry and red currant fruit that carries with it the lightly sweet suggestion fo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Paul Mas Gres de Montpellier Clos de Savignac 2011

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    Enjoyed this wine at a local French restaurant in DC. Really, really enjoyed this. Will buy a case for home. Read More

    Wine review by corgidog59


  • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2011

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    A little raw, spicy, and hard on the nose with fresh, crisp fruit. in the mouth this is a bit smoky with bright minerality supporting hints of licorice and burnt brownie. Light and clear on the palate, simple fresh and pure, with a clean fresh finish, theres a touch of fruit skin tannin here fleshing out lovely black raspberry fruit. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chevalier de Bayard Red Blend Vin de Pays de l'Hérault 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ilovewine2001


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Blueberry and woody tones on nose. Powerful tannins. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Domaine de Grezan Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2013

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    Pure notes of red apple and lemon zest with vanilla on the nose and refreshing minerality through finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009

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    Sweet herbs, slightly roasted red fruit fruit, cocoa, and an incipient truffle note appear on the nose. With sweet fruity on entry, soft tannins, big size, and great acids this makes quite an impression in the mouth but the tannins show a slight bitter edge, the sweetness comes from the rather high alcohol, and the fruit is decidedly simple in t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Grande Cuvee 1531 de Aimery Cremant de Limoux. Sieur d'Arques

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    Questo vino/spumante (metodo classico), è prodotto a Limoux (Francia) nei migliori appezzamenti ai piedi dei Pirenei. È vinificato a partire da un vitigno raro il "Mauzac a grani duri". Un vino che sviluppa profumi di fiori di acacia e mela. Ottimo abbinamento con olive verdi e nere. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


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