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"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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 de Cabriac

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

  • 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 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...

  • 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

  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon 2013

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    The "Tessellae" Old Vines offering is bigger than it's price point by 3-4 times. A superb CdR that shows red and blueberry fruits, light gamy notes, spice, pepper, floral accents. Elegant any juicy with finishing acidity and minerality, this pours really real. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Rubis du Montesclat Carthagene Vin de Liqueur NV

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    A sweet fortified wine, lightly maderised. Not much nose beyond the sweetness and hint of sherry on the end, pleasant enough if cooled. Read More

    Wine review by crdb


  • Domaine Lafage 'Centenaire' Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 edition of Centenaire Blanc from Domaine Lafage of Roussillon opens with a nice tisane (camomile) and gooseberry nose, but falters somewhat on entry with less balancing sweetness in the core than in the previous vintage; there are more medicinal notes (astringency) coupled with unripe gooseberry. It seems a wee bit thin and needs a doll... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2015

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cabernet Sauvgnon Moulin de Gassac 2015

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Speaking of hail, things aren't looking good in parts of Languedoc, particularly north of Montpelier. Hailstone golf, anyone? Supposedly worst hail in living memory, and that was a 92yr old speaking. Some growers may have lost their entire crop. The hail may have damaged up to 60% of the 2016 crop on average in the area."Jérôme Despey, head of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • Virgile Joly Merlot 2015

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Strange to be drinking all these young Wines recently. A dark, somewhat translucent dusty Purple Red in the Glass. Opens with Plum/Boysenberry; then a bit of alcohol in leather/plum honey/brown sugar; then cola, cherry, oak, and nutmeg. For the obvious youth, surprisingly soft mouthful with light to medium Tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • JD, the name I know it by is (gros) Auxerrois, in southern France, i.e. Languedoc-Rouissillon. Have had it there bunches. Sounds tasty, OT. Who else grows it in CA? And what was the tariff?The La Milliere CdR also sounds good.JD, very hard to find Bell's bottlings over here. Might have to make a pilgrimage to a couple of places that I can think ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Okay, I really wanted to go home and hunker down with one of my bottles (man, I ... a rose of something from the Languedoc--I cannot remember it that well--as well as a Rkatseteli that was ethereal and delicious.  Our main was skewered lamb with fregola and a topping that was between chimichurri and gremolata.  For that we needed white, so we o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine Saint-Georges d'Ibry Vin de Pays des Côtes de Thongue Blanc 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by malibu87


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