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"...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 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...

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Abbotts Brothers

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

  • 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...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • 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

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

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    Wine review by malibu87


  • I attended this event yesterday evening. I reckon there were about 40 people ... ... of very good reds from a Languedoc estate called Plan de L'Homme that I thought dry,with a cherry style fruit and a spicy finish.I also liked a Corbieres from Domaine du Grand Arc. Before I left I had a glass of Banyuls Grand Cru from Domaine du Traginer. Some... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut 2012

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2013

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Thank-you for the tip. I am tempted to go to this. There are some lovely wines ... ... wines to be had from the Languedoc/Roussillon region some of which I have sampled and reviewed for Snooth. It is also an area which offers good value for money ie the wines tend not to be expensi Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • D - there's a pretty good PR campaign for the Languedoc-Roussillon region. They've relabeled it as the Sud these days.In NYC they host a lot of events to showcase the wines. I'm not sure where the money is from, but they're one of the better promotional groups for a region. They're as good as the Argentines actually - there's some kind of event ... Read More

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  • Duncan, was wondering if you ever go to smaller events, like this one? Have ... to go to go before our big Languedoc and Roussillon tasting in London. Tuesday 7th June, 6.00pm to 8.30pmThe Beautiful South: Languedoc-RoussillonVenue: Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, 6 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PDNow becoming a regular fixture in ou... Read More

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  • Barons de Rothschild Lafite Pauillac Reserve Speciale 2010

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    My brother-in-law - perhaps a little intimidated by my knowledge of French wine (which is modest), bought me this blend from Rothschild. As a cuvee, it is quite good... all the expected definition of a Pauillac (rouge). Very nervy, with a lot of light tannin, this wine is perfect now for any number of meat dishes; there is a herbaceous nose and... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine de Fenouillet Grande Reserve Faugeres Vignobles Jeanjean 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


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