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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 La Bastide

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

  • Château de Cabriac

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

  • La Forge Estate

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

  • Château Maris

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

  • 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 ...

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Racine Cremant de Limoux Brut

    Snoothrank:

    Crisp green apple and creamy almond notes with oat straw and lemon notes on the nose. Lively and zesty in the mouth with tart lemon and juicy melon, a bit leesy and creamy on the mid palate and throughout with green apple and pear fruit coming through towards the oaky finish of tangerine and grapefruit. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine de la Reynardiere Muscat Vin de Pays Cotes de Thongue 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £ from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk.Vin de Pays Cotes de Thongue is a designation,not a full appellation,created in 1982 for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 23 communes around Beziers in the Thongue river valley in the south-west of the Herault Department.Vin de Pays is now termed IGP.Some of the 23 ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jean Gardies Mas las Cabes Cotes du Roussillon 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in London [www.oddbins.com] Cotes du Roussillon is an appellation created in 1997,although there has been viticulture here since at least the ancient Greeks, for red,white and rose wines made from at least three grape varieties,from 118 communes between Perpignan and the Spanish border and stetchi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Hauts de Median Pays d'Oc Petit Verdot 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from a shop in Hampshire ]www.stonevine.co.uk].Languedoc is a large area in the South of France stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got appellation status in the 1980's.The area is responsible for around a third of all French wine production although most of it,like my bottle,comes unde... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Saint Germain Minervois la Liviniere 1999

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    I bought four bottles of this wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119941 website for £21. 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 Carcassonne and Narbonne.In 1998 six of th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Vintage Rose Brut Cremant de Limoux 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 90 . Rose Languedoc A.O.C 2017

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    Binny's 04/18. Not so good, no body, lovely color, but no nose, no finish. just kind of like what I paid for it. So, my bad, buy more expensive wine, moron. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Cadet d'Oc Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2009

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by cane


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2015

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    Binny's 1/31/2018. It's always the mood that makes it seem to taste a little better. Our 43rd wedding anniversary, (2/15/2018), was just such an occasion. Lovely, light, colorful and dry. Perfect sparkler to sip as we played "remember when" before the fireplace. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Old School Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by lark1010


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