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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Badet Clement & Co

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes Cotes Catalanes 2013


    Robert Parker nailed this one: the 2013 Bastide Miraflors ( a beautiful name for a wine which gives the very approximate meaning of a farm with a view of flowers) has an inviting Syrah nose of cherries, wet earth and bell heather with a light entry of more cherry, some old cigar box and a dollop of sugar. Perhaps due to the vintage, the wine is... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hubert Clavelin et Fils Brut-Comte Cremant de Jura Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee NV


    heavy notes of apple, dry dry finish Read More

    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • Chateau d'Oupia Minervois Rose 2012


    Tried it at a local bistro. All four of us enjoyed it. Medium body with nice bouquet, little fruity but really an excellent value. We ordered a case through a local distributor. Both vintages 2012 & 2013 were great. Read More

    Wine review by duanel

  • Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve 2013


    This Languedoc white leans on the aromatic varietal Vermentino for backbone and on the nose presents cola nut and a miscellany of garden flowers. On entry, there are tisane and black tea flavours associated with Roussanne and Marsanne along with greater viscosity and mouth-feel than Vermentino alone can provide. Quite thirst-quenching and soft... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2011


    Black and blue fruits on the nose that match the entry. Fruit forward with good acidity that turns to strong tannins and a long finish.Quality wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes 2013


    Really nice Cotes Du Roussillon blend of grenache blanc and marsanne. The nose has ripe apricot, a bit of flint and some yeast. On the tongue is fig, golden delicious apple, a touch of salinity, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Chateau Mosse Rivesaltes Languedoc-Roussillon 1934


    Simply outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2013


    This wonderful Cotes du Roussillon Blanc from Domaine LaFage is an amazing wine (vinum optimum pro pretio, if my Latin serves). The nose is textured with honey, white fruit such as pear, gooseberry and the entry is complex with more white fruit - acidic but balanced with sufficient viscosity and alcohol. Buy by the case. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2014


    This wine is excellent, light and it develops many flavors on your tongue, without being sweet. It taste just as good on empty stomach and it does with food. One of my favorites! Read More

    Wine review by brooklynella

  • Bayonette Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011


    Not a fruit forward wine but is made from nicely ripe fruit. There is a big splash of spiciness then ends very tannic. Softens some with air but remains tannic. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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