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...

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Château Maris

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

  • 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 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...

  • Domaine des Karantes

    Standing on one of the foothills within Karantes you can see in one direction the Mediterranean w...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Marius By M. Chapoutier Rouge 2013

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    In a long list of disappointing wines, this was a nice change. Well balanced, not dry. The screwcap is a welcome addition. Reasonable price.Nothing stood out as remarkable, but this was not offensive. Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Intense Claude Vialade Languedoc 2013

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    A Lot 18 Selection. Opens with peppermint and strawberry, then chocolate and lavender, then more vanilla and lavender. Tasting of dark berry, white pepper, and damp earth. Well structured and will decant it and let it breathe for a while. High tannins with a long smokey leather finish. Seems a bit young and like it would benefit from a few more ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • We tried a $20 French Rose last night (Michel Chapoutier Bila-Haut) while ... in an the best part of the Languedoc called the Cotes du Roussillon. Historically the site was one of the first areas planted for viticulture by the Greek Mariners and has been continuously a wine region known for making top quality wines. The House of Bila, the tran... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Chateau des Deux Rocs Rose Premices 2013

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    Fairly nice Languedoc rose. Pale pink color and a light nose. There's some bright cherry, subtle strawberry, kiwi and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gerard Bertrand Maury Vin Doux Naturel 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Thierry and Guy Pinot Noir Fat Bastard 2011

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    We enjoyed this light bodied Pinot Noir. It has heavy ripe red fruit aromas and flavors with light tannins on the back end. Great transition wine from winter to spring. Read our full review on our blog, Two Forks and a Corkscrew. Read More

    Wine review by twoforksandacorkscrew


  • Gerard Bertrand Languedoc 2011

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    Fairly mundane Grenache/syrah, even on the 2nd day. Medium amounts of dried plum and dried black cherry but this felt a bit flabby and one dimensional on the tongue. Light on tannins, low to medium acidity and a fairly short finish, about what I'd expect at this price point. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Croix Milhas Banyuls Traditionnel Vin Doux Naturel 4 Ans Dage NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by alex7ktrc


  • Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kolaweste


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