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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Grenache

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

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

  • Domaine d'Aupilhac

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Domaine Borie de Maurel

    Of course we could tell you the usual story that we have made wine here for thousands of years. W...

  • Château Maris

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

  • Château de Cabriac

    The Château Cabriac is found in Corbières facing the Black mountain, in the foothills of the Ceve...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2011

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    Black and blue fruits on the nose that match the entry. Fruit forward with good acidity that turns to strong tannins and a long finish.Quality wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes 2013

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    Really nice Cotes Du Roussillon blend of grenache blanc and marsanne. The nose has ripe apricot, a bit of flint and some yeast. On the tongue is fig, golden delicious apple, a touch of salinity, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Mosse Rivesaltes Languedoc-Roussillon 1934

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    Simply outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2013

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    This wonderful Cotes du Roussillon Blanc from Domaine LaFage is an amazing wine (vinum optimum pro pretio, if my Latin serves). The nose is textured with honey, white fruit such as pear, gooseberry and the entry is complex with more white fruit - acidic but balanced with sufficient viscosity and alcohol. Buy by the case. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2014

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    This wine is excellent, light and it develops many flavors on your tongue, without being sweet. It taste just as good on empty stomach and it does with food. One of my favorites! Read More

    Wine review by brooklynella


  • Bayonette Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011

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    Not a fruit forward wine but is made from nicely ripe fruit. There is a big splash of spiciness then ends very tannic. Softens some with air but remains tannic. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir Pinot Noir. Merlot Languedoc-Roussillon Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009

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    Really good wine, light and fruity a little on the sweet side. Overall a great summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by vanir


  • Foncalieu Injuste Red Blend Languedoc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Last night Sandra and I were back in the district to attend a one-month opening ... ... Cru La Liviniere, from Languedoc France.   I only remember one of Sandra's flight selections, as it was the 2012 Genio Espanol Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain.  The other two are a distant memory as was her final glass.  My final glass was that lovely Frog's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Laurent Miquel Verite Viognier 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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