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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Abbotts Brothers

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

  • 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...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes Cotes Catalanes 2013


    Robert Parker nailed this one: the 2013 Bastide Miraflors ( a beautiful name for a wine which gives the very approximate meaning of a farm with a view of flowers) has an inviting Syrah nose of cherries, wet earth and bell heather with a light entry of more cherry, some old cigar box and a dollop of sugar. Perhaps due to the vintage, the wine is... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hubert Clavelin et Fils Brut-Comte Cremant de Jura Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee NV


    heavy notes of apple, dry dry finish Read More

    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • Chateau d'Oupia Minervois Rose 2012


    Tried it at a local bistro. All four of us enjoyed it. Medium body with nice bouquet, little fruity but really an excellent value. We ordered a case through a local distributor. Both vintages 2012 & 2013 were great. Read More

    Wine review by duanel

  • Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve 2013


    This Languedoc white leans on the aromatic varietal Vermentino for backbone and on the nose presents cola nut and a miscellany of garden flowers. On entry, there are tisane and black tea flavours associated with Roussanne and Marsanne along with greater viscosity and mouth-feel than Vermentino alone can provide. Quite thirst-quenching and soft... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2011


    Black and blue fruits on the nose that match the entry. Fruit forward with good acidity that turns to strong tannins and a long finish.Quality wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes 2013


    Really nice Cotes Du Roussillon blend of grenache blanc and marsanne. The nose has ripe apricot, a bit of flint and some yeast. On the tongue is fig, golden delicious apple, a touch of salinity, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Chateau Mosse Rivesaltes Languedoc-Roussillon 1934


    Simply outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2013


    This wonderful Cotes du Roussillon Blanc from Domaine LaFage is an amazing wine (vinum optimum pro pretio, if my Latin serves). The nose is textured with honey, white fruit such as pear, gooseberry and the entry is complex with more white fruit - acidic but balanced with sufficient viscosity and alcohol. Buy by the case. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2014


    This wine is excellent, light and it develops many flavors on your tongue, without being sweet. It taste just as good on empty stomach and it does with food. One of my favorites! Read More

    Wine review by brooklynella

  • Bayonette Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011


    Not a fruit forward wine but is made from nicely ripe fruit. There is a big splash of spiciness then ends very tannic. Softens some with air but remains tannic. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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