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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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 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 ...

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut 2012

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2013

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Thank-you for the tip. I am tempted to go to this. There are some lovely wines to be had from the Languedoc/Roussillon region some of which I have sampled and reviewed for Snooth. It is also an area which offers good value for money ie the wines tend not to be expensive Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • D - there's a pretty good PR campaign for the Languedoc-Roussillon region. They've relabeled it as the Sud these days.In NYC they host a lot of events to showcase the wines. I'm not sure where the money is from, but they're one of the better promotional groups for a region. They're as good as the Argentines actually - there's some kind of event ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Duncan, was wondering if you ever go to smaller events, like this one? Have found them to be an interesting, useful merchant in the past...  The Beautiful SouthView this email in your browser A few days to go to go before our big Languedoc and Roussillon tasting in London. Tuesday 7th June, 6.00pm to 8.30pmThe Beautiful South: Languedoc-Roussill... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Barons de Rothschild Lafite Pauillac Reserve Speciale 2010

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    My brother-in-law - perhaps a little intimidated by my knowledge of French wine (which is modest), bought me this blend from Rothschild. As a cuvee, it is quite good... all the expected definition of a Pauillac (rouge). Very nervy, with a lot of light tannin, this wine is perfect now for any number of meat dishes; there is a herbaceous nose and... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine de Fenouillet Grande Reserve Faugeres Vignobles Jeanjean 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Katie Jones la Gare Fitou 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection. Deep opaque Purple in the Glass. Opens with Toffee, Vanilla Cream, & Concord Grape; then Baking Spices and more Toffee. Some Alcohol burn both on the nose and in the mouth...it is still young. Medium Tannins and Acidity and more on the Dry side, with a medium fullness in the mouth. Very pleasant balance of Peppere... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2013

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    Great nose of mocha, red berries, vanilla and terroir in abundant nuances. Chapoutier really really hit the entry level jackpot when he started in Rousillon years ago. great wine. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2011

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    Had at lunch at Cafe Pacific in Dallas, A good California Merlot - and for the price, almost unbeatable. Loads of fruit on the nose - along with coffee, cola, and a roasted plum prune. Medium Tannins and Acidity, with a good balance of Fruit and Oak. Very easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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