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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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 La Bastide

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

  • Sacha Lichine

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

  • La Forge Estate

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

  • Château de Cabriac

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

  • 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

  • Cote Mas Rouge Intense Sud de France 2015


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

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Château de Cabriac Corbières 2013


    Dense, semi opaque purple coloration with brown hues around the rim. Meaty aromas primarily, tons of dark berry, booze, hints of raw coffee bean and herbal/grassy notes. Flavors that are fleshy, medicinal Earthy/herbal notes, tea leaf astringency, and a medium body. Smooth finish and on the palate, the alcohol is well hidden and after the swa... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Cave de Roquebrun les Fiefs d'Aupenac 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon 2013


    The "Tessellae" Old Vines offering is bigger than it's price point by 3-4 times. A superb CdR that shows red and blueberry fruits, light gamy notes, spice, pepper, floral accents. Elegant any juicy with finishing acidity and minerality, this pours really real. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Rubis du Montesclat Carthagene Vin de Liqueur NV


    A sweet fortified wine, lightly maderised. Not much nose beyond the sweetness and hint of sherry on the end, pleasant enough if cooled. Read More

    Wine review by crdb

  • Domaine Lafage 'Centenaire' Blanc 2014


    The 2014 edition of Centenaire Blanc from Domaine Lafage of Roussillon opens with a nice tisane (camomile) and gooseberry nose, but falters somewhat on entry with less balancing sweetness in the core than in the previous vintage; there are more medicinal notes (astringency) coupled with unripe gooseberry. It seems a wee bit thin and needs a doll... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2015


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Just an outstanding red blend, and for $10. Trust your small local wine merchant, you will be rewarded. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Cabernet Sauvgnon Moulin de Gassac 2015


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Virgile Joly Merlot 2015


    Another Naked Wines selection. Strange to be drinking all these young Wines recently. A dark, somewhat translucent dusty Purple Red in the Glass. Opens with Plum/Boysenberry; then a bit of alcohol in leather/plum honey/brown sugar; then cola, cherry, oak, and nutmeg. For the obvious youth, surprisingly soft mouthful with light to medium Tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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