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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Languedoc

  • Cabardès

    The Cabardes is a small appellation [ only 500 hectares under vine ] created in 1999 for red an...

  • 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...

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Domaine d'Aupilhac

    The Domaine d'Aupilhac is in Montpeyroux, some 36 kms north-west of Montpellier. Our Cave, cre...

  • Château de Cabriac

    The Château Cabriac is found in Corbières facing the Black mountain, in the foothills of the Ceve...

  • 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...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d'Oc 2016

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    Chunky watermelon and light strawberry aromas with a fleshy, floral character and a playful fruity freshness. Burst of acidity on entry with a cherry, strawberry and watermelon blend of fruit flavors on the palate, this has good length and a mellow grassy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Begude l'Etoile 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine for £14 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/99555. They are from the Limoux appellation. This appellation was created in 2003 for still red and white wines from 40 communes around the small town of that name some 15 miles south of Carcasonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This area has a lon... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jeff Carrel "Les Darons" Languedoc France 2014

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    Wonderful, nose of blackberries, red currant and gives off a strong sense of place. This follows to the palate completely with additional spice, herbal tones, minerality. The tannins and acidity frame and drive a lengthy aftertyaste. Drink now - Paul -92 points. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Went to the Gastro Pub last night.  After talking with the owners ... ... ... "Les Darons" Languedoc 2014 - really solid and well done, excellent fruit, chewy tannins and lengthy after taste; and finished with Chateau de Landiras Graves 2014 - this was really good.  For the price it's a steal and needs another 12 months to smooth out.By the w... Read More

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  • Château de Jau Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2014

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    Browny/root/garnet coloration and decent clarity in appearance....Aromas that ... the coastal softness of the Languedoc. I find it gets better as the bottle goes on.. Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau Cazevielle Saint Chinian Reserve 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Calmel et Joseph Blanquette de Limoux Brut NV

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    Although the Limoux region of Languedoc is riding on the legend that all sparklers originate here - including, of course, Champagne - it is a worthy wine in its own right; the Calmel et Joseph has excellent mousse which is long-lasting, with a nose of almond and pear; green apple peels linger on the palate for a satisfying finish. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Had to suffer through too many mediocre wines tonight: an atrocious Nahe kerner ... ... 11% syrah) from Limoux (Languedoc), 2012 Baron'Arques. Well drinkable tonight, and I did kill a bottle of it by myself while others were wasting their time in the weeds. Had that rustic Languedoc thing going on, which I like. Could tell Rothschild managemen... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Le Grand Clos Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Very lean and grassy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Rene Junot White NV

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    Crisp and dry, but still fruity. Definitely benefits from the chenin blanc grapes. Served chilled, it makes a good spring wine. Read More

    Wine review by ChaseConnor


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