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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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


  • Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2012

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    This lovely rose wine has a racey nose of acidic red cranberry and even strawberry sugar; the entry is balanced, if slightly bitter, with more strawberry on the medium finish. A superior rose with a rare gravity of character. Let's say 90 points... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Lafage Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes Cote Est Blanc 2013

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    This is a really nice French white blend of grenache, chardonnay and marsanne. Light, crisp, almost like a Napa sauvignon blanc with nice white grapefruit pith, lemon lime sherbet, good acidity and a medium finish. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Laurent Miquel Viognier Nord Sud 2012

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    Bottom line: Rich, luscious, and delicious. Milk chocolate and tropical fruit with whipped cream on top mingle with pineapple and lime. The sweet, delicate finish turns into pink and orange fruits on the palate. Clearly, this grape has an affinity for oak and late summer nights. A+! Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Laurent Miquel Viognier Nord Sud 2012

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    Slightly spicy, honeyed aromas with good floral notes. Nice and juicy, a little oily with a touch of cream, this wine is just enough bite to grab hold of and enough fruit to keep it interesting. For 14 bucks it's a great value. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Laurent Miquel l'Artisan Viognier Viognier 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Château la Condamine " Elixir " Fût de Chêne Rouge 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by KQ1000000


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