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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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

  • 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 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...

  • Mas des Dames

    Mas des Dames is a former 18th century farmhouse surrounded by 14 hectares of vines, in the hills...

  • Château de Flaugergues

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

  • Abbotts Brothers

    Created in 1996 by Nerida Abbott and Nigel Sneyd, “ABBOTTS” has been bringing a modern approach t...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Blanc 2014

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    This most recent edition of the Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Rousillon Blanc is full of tropical fruit and garden flowers (generally speaking) and is juicy, citric, and pear-like on the palate. This is a very good white from southern France and excellent value. For example, you will not find a Bordeaux or Bourgogne Blanc anywhere near this ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cadet d'Oc Pinot Noir 2011

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    it seems very polite and fresh and calm as a good pinot noir should with just a hint of pzazz. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau d'Oupia Minervois 2013

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    A very pleasant wine with some nice fruit, if not a lot of length. Berries, plum and a little spice. A good value, even at the $18 I spent in VA. Read More

    Wine review by Altboy97


  • Château du Grand Caumont Corbières Cuvée Spéciale 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2013

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    For an AOP Cotes du Roussillons blend, this Domaine Lafage is very good; the scent of the wine is of cassis, cherries in sugar with a hint of orange and cream (like the Creamsicle bar). The entry is smooth and sweet - appropriately, however - with more blackcurrant (cassis) on the palate. Finish is medium, and the wine is perfect for immediate... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Penya Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Domaine de l'Olibet les Proses Grenache Noir 2014

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    The density of this country wine is amazing... the very forward scent of sweet, baked cherry pie and burning white sugar... something expected from old vines Australian style. Entry is slightly less full than the Aussie might make it, but the wine comes rich, smooth, creamy and semi-sweet on the palate with a hint of almond bitter on the finish.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Da Pinot Noir Reserve Sud de France 2011

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    Kibby Cobb 11/15. Served this at Mary's Church Circle 2015 Christmas party. Mary said just okay, others said the liked it. Personally I never got a sniff. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Perrini Negroamaro 2011

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    Looking for red choices that are affordable and expand your palette, this is a wonderful food wine. Balanced with good fruit. Add a new grape to your wine book. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc 2013

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    a wonderful cuvee while not overtly expressive, it is discreetly impressive. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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