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 Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 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 Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac

    Way back in 780 CE, Charlemagne’s advisor, Saint Benedict of Aniane, founded the first vineyard i...

  • Château Maris

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

  • Château La Bastide

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

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Languedoc-roussillon on Snooth

  • Chateau Maris Natural Selection Biodynamic Syrah 2010

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    Handfuls of fresh earth meet dried bay leaves and deep pools of blackberry fruit on the nose with just a suggestion of mintiness adding a touch of freshness. Theres some raw beef aromas to this and streaks of ta as well but it smell decidedly ripe. Downright voluptuous in the mouth, this is soft and seamless with ripe tannins and integrated acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oh de Grenache 2012

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    A Vin de Pays Cotes Catalanes, that provides all of the qualities of the Grenache grape. Structure, red fruit and freshness. Craftman's native wine. Home of the Grenache. Read More

    Wine review by piecesdevin


  • Luc Pirlet Malbec 2010

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    I like the earthier French Malbecs - a lot lighter than the more expensive wines, but very drinkable. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by Batik


  • Domaine Sainte-Croix Vin de Pays d'Oc la Bergerie 2006

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    Good wine. I bought 2011 though. Not sure how to add another vintage. Read More

    Wine review by ps


  • De Maris Carignan Coteau de Peyriac 2012

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    Old vine Carignan, certified Organic by Ecocert AB, blended with 20% Certified Demeter Biodynamic Grenache. A touch stinky on the nose with natural aromas of barnyard and dry grasses. Smooth in the mouth with early mineral notes and hints of chocolate and black cherry skin. While relatively lean and focused this turns a touch chewy on the midpa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lulu B Pinot Noir Limoux 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by hpitook


  • Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est Blanc 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista


  • Markovic Estates Pinot Noir Semi-Dry 2009

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    This is one of the best Pinot Noirs I have tasted. Hard to find. Read More

    Wine review by Mach5


  • Dows 2011

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    Currently, marrch 2014 this port is very sweet and lacking in depth. Weak nose - not impressed. Can I assume it will omprovr with age? I certainly hope so sonsidering the high price of chf 99.- Read More

    Wine review by Twango2


  • Francois Lurton Terra Sana Syrah 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


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