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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

Subregions of Languedoc

  • Cabardès

    The Cabardes is a small appellation north of Carcassonne. It is one of the only appellations to b...

  • 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

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Domaine d'Aupilhac

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

  • Château La Bastide

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

  • 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 Cabriac

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

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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Blueberry and woody tones on nose. Powerful tannins. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Domaine de Grezan Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2013

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    Pure notes of red apple and lemon zest with vanilla on the nose and refreshing minerality through finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009

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    Sweet herbs, slightly roasted red fruit fruit, cocoa, and an incipient truffle note appear on the nose. With sweet fruity on entry, soft tannins, big size, and great acids this makes quite an impression in the mouth but the tannins show a slight bitter edge, the sweetness comes from the rather high alcohol, and the fruit is decidedly simple in t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Grande Cuvee 1531 de Aimery Cremant de Limoux. Sieur d'Arques

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    Questo vino/spumante (metodo classico), è prodotto a Limoux (Francia) nei migliori appezzamenti ai piedi dei Pirenei. È vinificato a partire da un vitigno raro il "Mauzac a grani duri". Un vino che sviluppa profumi di fiori di acacia e mela. Ottimo abbinamento con olive verdi e nere. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2012

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    This lovely rose wine has a racy nose of acidic red cranberry and even strawberry sugar; the entry is balanced, if slightly bitter, with more strawberry on the medium finish. A superior rose with a rare gravity of character. Let's say 90 points... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Lafage Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes Cote Est Blanc 2013

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    This is a really nice French white blend of grenache, chardonnay and marsanne. Light, crisp, almost like a Napa sauvignon blanc with nice white grapefruit pith, lemon lime sherbet, good acidity and a medium finish. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Laurent Miquel Viognier Nord Sud 2012

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    Bottom line: Rich, luscious, and delicious. Milk chocolate and tropical fruit with whipped cream on top mingle with pineapple and lime. The sweet, delicate finish turns into pink and orange fruits on the palate. Clearly, this grape has an affinity for oak and late summer nights. A+! Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Laurent Miquel Viognier Nord Sud 2012

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    Slightly spicy, honeyed aromas with good floral notes. Nice and juicy, a little oily with a touch of cream, this wine is just enough bite to grab hold of and enough fruit to keep it interesting. For 14 bucks it's a great value. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Laurent Miquel l'Artisan Viognier Viognier 2012

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Château la Condamine " Elixir " Fût de Chêne Rouge 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by KQ1000000


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