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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac

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

  • Château de Cabriac

    The Château Cabriac is found in Corbières facing the Black mountain, in the foothills of the Ceve...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Pontificis Pay D 'Oc Blanc 2016

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    Better with air. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Pontificis Pay D 'Oc Blanc 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Brut Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Captain Morgan Long Island Ice Tea NV

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    Sweet heavens, it's a load of everything delicious I shouldn't have! Sugar, caffeine, alcohol wrapped up in a tasty package that hits all senses full tilt. Self-control becoming a problem, after the alcohol wore off, I woke up at 4 a.m. ready to build a rocketship to Mars if only I could walk a straight line to the *ahem* library first. Capta... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Marselan Vin de Pays des Coteaux d'Ensérune Enseduna Foncalieu 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cuvee du President' Blanc de Blancs Brut Cremant de Limoux 1991

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    I bought this bottle of wine for a mere £1 from a new website called www.cellartrade.co.uk.The area around the small town of Limoux [about 15 miles south of Carcassonne] has a history of sparkling wine making that goes back to the 16th century and predates Champagne. The Cremant de Limoux appellation was created in 1990 for sparkling wines made ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Oustal Blanc Minervois la Liviniere 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/111799 for only £1 although I also had to pay a delivery charge.The Minervois appellation was created in 1985,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from 61 communes at the western end of the Languedoc region between ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Girard Malepere 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk] for £10. Malepere is an appellation created in 2007[although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans] for red and rose wines made of at least 50% merlot[a wide range of other grapes both Bordeaux and Rhone are also allowed] ,from 31 communes around the Malep... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Secret des Capitelles' Saint-Chinian 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.co.uk] for £7.50. Saint-Chinian is an appellation created in 1982 for red and rose wines[and extended to white wines in 2005 although 85% are red] from 20 communes around the village of that name on the southern slopes of the Massif Central about 20 miles inland from Beziers in Lang... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV

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    Heady toast and honeyed biscuit aromas with baked apple and pear notes. Crisp and refreshing palate of green apple and golden berries, this is nicely tart on the mid palate with some grapefruit flavor and a burst of acidity which sustains through to the lemon meringue and pineapple finish with a touch of crumb cake. Fresh and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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