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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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 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...

  • Abbotts Brothers

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

  • Château Maris

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

  • Château La Bastide

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • 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

  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011

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    Fruity, light, but a variety of flavors Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... ... from the Coteaux du Languedoc which I have yet to drink but when I do I shall write up a review If you want value for money French wines then the areas to look at are the right bank in Bordeaux [apart from some Saint Emilions and Pomerols ],the Southern Rhone [a... Read More

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  • Domaine la Madura Saint-Chinian 2010

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    Really good And tasty Read More

    Wine review by ygloo


  • Bartenura Moscato 2013

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    An absolute favorite of mine. Love it after a long day at work. Strawberries included. Read More

    Wine review by myalisa76


  • D'Yvon Mau Sauvignon Blanc 2006

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    Decent. Dry. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Unless you're an utter Revolutionary War geek, or want to get down and ... ... ... too. It only took the Languedoc winemakers 2500 years after the Phoenicians and the Greeks brought them grapes and winemaking knowhow for it to become 2nd nature. Hopefully CA won't require that much time...   ; Read More

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  • Don't know how much you can get back up into the hills of inland San Diego ... a mile in. The garrigue in Languedoc is similar, though SoCal can be stronger.One thing you can't get by taking a 30min trip out of NYC...  ; Read More

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  • To me from the moment I first drank some of that wine back in the '70s, Languedoc has been about stoniness and herbs (limestone and garrigue) in the air and on the palate. That fantastically, gently piercing light, and Mediterranean 'soul', for lack of a better term. Some great red juice with that spice and minerality, then that fresh acidic whi... Read More

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  • One more major problem with Languedoc wines is that the larger, shadier negociants there have been doing a lot of profit-taking for years by importing crap wine from North Africa and blending it with more-expensive-yet-still-cheap-and-mediocre local wine, stirring and shaking and bottling the swill as 'Languedoc' wine (when it isn't in fact or s... Read More

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  • Jimmy - As Emark says, the wine is from the Languedoc-Rousillon region, but that region is immense. They used to call it the Midi, then Languedoc-Rousillon, and in recent years, have decided to call it the “Sud”. I don’t think the problem was the name though. It’s the region where the French wine industry is in real trouble because it produces a... Read More

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