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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Château de Flaugergues

    Built at the end of the XVII century, Flaugergues is one of the so-called 'Follies', built in the...

  • Mas des Dames

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

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • 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


  • Katie Jones la Gare Fitou 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection. Deep opaque Purple in the Glass. Opens with Toffee, Vanilla Cream, & Concord Grape; then Baking Spices and more Toffee. Some Alcohol burn both on the nose and in the mouth...it is still young. Medium Tannins and Acidity and more on the Dry side, with a medium fullness in the mouth. Very pleasant balance of Peppere... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2013

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    Great nose of mocha, red berries, vanilla and terroir in abundant nuances. Chapoutier really really hit the entry level jackpot when he started in Rousillon years ago. great wine. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2011

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    Had at lunch at Cafe Pacific in Dallas, A good California Merlot - and for the price, almost unbeatable. Loads of fruit on the nose - along with coffee, cola, and a roasted plum prune. Medium Tannins and Acidity, with a good balance of Fruit and Oak. Very easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2015

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    Somewhat chubby fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry in the nose. This is refreshing and zesty in the mouth with more notes of cherry, strawberry and adding watermelon, citrus zest and green apple with a bit of wood on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Melini Chianti Borghi D'elsa 2014Charles & Charles Red Blend 2014Jeff ... ... "Les Darons" Languedoc 2014Some solid everyday wines or some whenever I want to wines.&nbs Read More

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  • Jose Maria da Fonseca Lancers Vin Rose

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    Tastes similar to a sparkling rose' but without carbonation. Slightly bitter, mostly wet, nothing seems to stand out as extraordinary for me. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    I recently found this Cremant de Limoux for sale at my local supermarket. They just started carrying Gerard Bertrand's wines, which none of the local wine/liquor stores carry. This sparkling wine is quite nice for the money, very dry, medium small bubbles, with a clean aftertaste. However, there are several other brands in this price range that ... Read More

    Wine review by D9sus 4


  • Benjamin Darnault Maris la Senche 2013

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection. Love that Dark Purple Red opaqueness in the Glass. Opens with loads of Mint and Thyme; then on to a smoky Blueberry/Plum; then finishes with Fig and Stewed Blue/Black Fruit. The Blue/Black fruit carries over to the mouth, with a long finish of a bit of Concorde Grape, Oak, and Honey/Smoke. Still bit of an alcohol ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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