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...

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • 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 d'Aupilhac

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

  • 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...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Domaine des Karantes

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

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  • Château la Garde Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2011

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    From the Dourthe stable, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine has good colour and an inviting nose of wet earth and blackberry. Good Claret flavours of raw coffee bean, blackberry, cassis and beet. There is some tannic puckering which suggests 2-3 more years in the cellar, but seems quaffable now. Slightly more elegant than (but similar in st... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2011

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    Had this at lunch. A little young still, but pretty darn nice Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Another exciting weekend in our household - Friday night we attended a George ... Dom La Bastide Syrah from Languedoc France for myself.  Both glasses were good but I think the Syrah was a bit more tasty to m Read More

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  • Exem Bordeaux 2011

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    At first a bit sweet and raspberry scented on the nose with some soapy floral notes, a touch of wood spice and some mineral steely accents emerging with air. Bright acids in the mouth lend this a refreshing and bright feel. Rather medium light bodied with lovely raspberry and red currant fruit that carries with it the lightly sweet suggestion fo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Paul Mas Gres de Montpellier Clos de Savignac 2011

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    Enjoyed this wine at a local French restaurant in DC. Really, really enjoyed this. Will buy a case for home. Read More

    Wine review by corgidog59


  • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2011

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    A little raw, spicy, and hard on the nose with fresh, crisp fruit. in the mouth this is a bit smoky with bright minerality supporting hints of licorice and burnt brownie. Light and clear on the palate, simple fresh and pure, with a clean fresh finish, theres a touch of fruit skin tannin here fleshing out lovely black raspberry fruit. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chevalier de Bayard Red Blend Vin de Pays de l'Hérault 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ilovewine2001


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Blueberry and woody tones on nose. Powerful tannins. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Domaine de Grezan Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2013

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    Pure notes of red apple and lemon zest with vanilla on the nose and refreshing minerality through finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009

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    Sweet herbs, slightly roasted red fruit fruit, cocoa, and an incipient truffle note appear on the nose. With sweet fruity on entry, soft tannins, big size, and great acids this makes quite an impression in the mouth but the tannins show a slight bitter edge, the sweetness comes from the rather high alcohol, and the fruit is decidedly simple in t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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