Languedoc Wine

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The people of this region once spoke Occitan, in which one said “oc” instead of “oui” to mean “yes,” hence Langue d’Oc. Though known for making low-quality wines in vast quantity, it nevertheless offers a diverse array of grape varieties and wine styles, and many producers have begun to focus on quality in response to international competition from other exporters of very cheap wine.

The climate is Mediterranean. The workhorse grape Carignan is still the most planted here, but this is changing; Syrah, Grenache, Cinsaut, Mourvedre, and a host of international varieties are also common. The Languedoc is best-known for ripe, intense red wines like St-Chinian, Corbieres, and Faugeres, but one can also find crisp white wines made from Picpoul, sparkling wines from the region of Limoux, and an increasing number of dessert wines.

Cult producers like Mas Jullien and Mas Cal Demoura, whose wines command high prices and worldwide acclaim, are located here Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Languedoc View all

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

Subregions of Languedoc

  • Cabardès

    The Cabardes is a small appellation north of Carcassonne in France. It is one of the only appel...

  • Minervois

      Minervois is an appellation in the Languedoc, in southern France.The most widespread grape...

  • Corbières

      Corbieres is an appellation in the Languedoc region in the south of France. Located in the...

  • Coteaux du Languedoc

    Coteaux de Languedoc is an appellation in the Languedoc. It is extremely large and difficult to...

  • Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape

Popular Wineries in Languedoc View all

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Château de Flaugergues

    Built at the end of the XVII century, Flaugergues is one of the so-called 'Follies', built in the...

  • 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 ...

  • Domaine d'Aupilhac

    The Domaine d'Aupilhac is in Montpeyroux, some 36 kms north-west of Montpellier. Our Cave, cre...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Try to make a day trip to Chateauneuf du Pape.  The town center has many tasting rooms and wine shops.  Plus, you can visit the Chateau! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Provence and Languedoc visit


  • Great values in the Languedoc. I should really try something from there, just hard for me to get excited about it. Read More

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  • Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti. Renato Ratti 2011

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti. Renato Ratti 2011

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • I just grabbed a deal on Wines Till Sold Out (WTSO):Languedoc 2008 Domaine Les Verrieres 'Les Pierres Plantees'; four bottles for a total (with S/H) of $64.  I hope this tastes good.  I saw on the Internet that several wine clubs had this at twice the price and they were sold out.  I have a taste for French wine now.... :-)"The southern facing h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I had a lovely bottle of syrah that cost very little, a Gres Saint Paul Syrhus 2003 from Languedoc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Gres Saint Paul Syrhus Coteaux du Languedoc 2003

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... The Coteaux du Languedoc is a verey large area stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got AOC status in the 1980's although the name of the AOC is now simply Languedoc. The history of winemaking in the area goes back to at least the 5th century BC and is now responsible... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • It is a lovely part of the world so enjoy yourself Read More

    Forum post in the topic Provence and Languedoc visit


  • Yeah but they're not like Napa. Wine tourism isn't a billion dollar industry in most of France, and especially in the south. My recommendation would be to find a nice place to stay and then look around from there, There's a lot of wine but much of it is made by smaller producers that may or may not have importers. Some of it is pretty bad, some ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Provence and Languedoc visit


  • Drive by?? Read More

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