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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Languedoc

  • Cabardès

    The Cabardes is a small appellation north of Carcassonne. It is one of the only appellations to b...

  • 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 Cazes

    In the heart of the Roussillon, in Rivesaltes, Cazes has near 200 hectares that each year give ri...

  • 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...

  • Domaine des Karantes

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

  • Château de Cabriac

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

  • Domaine d'Aupilhac

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

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  • Château d'Anglès la Clape Classique 2009

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    This unrecognized "cru" from Languedoc is a steal (if you are so fortunate as to find it). The bouquet is heavily influenced by the non-Grenache components - there is coffee, wild black current, a hint of chocolate candy - and the palate is pushed by a solid tannic structure with red currant and cherry on the finish with that ubiquitous coffee.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon 2011

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    Jammy and rich on the nose with lots of almost grapey, black berry fruit thats framed by hints of truffle, black spice and cardamon. Smooth and plush in the mouth, theres enough acid to keep this bright on the palate but this is a rich and seamless feeling wine. The fruit has a nice clear quality to it, transparent wild strawberry and wild berri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine la Tour Boisee Minervois 2011

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    A bit smoky on first whiff with slightly spicy and earthy aromas of cherry and date fruit on the nose. Big on entry and moderately firm with fine backing acids and rounded tannins lending this body and richness on the palate. The flavors show a fine blend of black cherry fruitiness with leather and dried herbal notes along with late arriving mu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coppo l'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2012

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    Very fruity on the nose and spicy with softly herbal and dried spice notes framing gentle and dusty red berry fruit. A bit chewy early on the palate and with plenty of acidity, this is moderately tannic and has a bit of an stringent nature to it. Theres a slightly jammy quality to the red fruit on the palate, and through the long and slightly wa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    In San LorenzoBlack fruit, spice, soil, and dried green herbal accent greet the nose followed by hints of shoe polish, leather, and black cherry pits. This is gorgeously perfumed and detailed. Round, ripe with deep fruit on the palate, this shows off fine acid that is bright but integrated with soft tannins highlighting the purity and a subtle r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia 2012

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    Tight floral notes that are a little peppery greet the nose along with some soil spice notes violets and a bit of beefiness. Black plum and juniper pop on entry where this is bright, with great cut, and super freshness. Truly a clear, light on its feet exaltation of Barbera that shows a subtle chocolate ripeness on the back palate back note, al... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wow, there's a lot for me to get caught up on.Czarina, do you have ... the ... the faintest idea whether a Languedoc being offered by an on-line vendor for $15 normally sells for $30 or for $10.  For some reason or other I am inclined to not believe the big print in their ad that says "$30 Value."   (To my way of thinking, "cost" is what I hav... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... ... wines from the Rhone and Languedoc that are just wonderful. And in a completely different style, you get Cab Francs and Malbecs and Gamays from the Loire that are ageable and cheap. It's always been a wonder to me that France can put out some of the most over... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Novellum Chardonnay 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


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