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

  • Domaine Cazes

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

  • Château de Flaugergues

    Built at the end of the XVII century, Flaugergues is one of the so-called 'Follies', built in the...

  • 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...

  • Château La Bastide

    Our domaine is situated on the north end of the Appellation "CORBIERES" , in the AUDE county, 5 k...

  • Château Maris

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

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Frontera Merlot 2013

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    This wine is our favorite..Our only local store that we can find it at,"Martin's" has been steadily raising it's cost in just the last month. At start, both the Frontera Cabernet and the Merlot started at $8.99. We prefer the purple label Merlot, and bought it often. It went straight to $14.99, then the Cabernet at $8.99, went to $10.99, then th... Read More

    Wine review by elobettye


  • 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


  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011

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    Fruity, light, but a variety of flavors Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... ... from the Coteaux du Languedoc which I have yet to drink but when I do I shall write up a review If you want value for money French wines then the areas to look at are the right bank in Bordeaux [apart from some Saint Emilions and Pomerols ],the Southern Rhone [a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern...


  • Domaine la Madura Saint-Chinian 2010

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    Really good And tasty Read More

    Wine review by ygloo


  • Bartenura Moscato 2013

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    An absolute favorite of mine. Love it after a long day at work. Strawberries included. Read More

    Wine review by myalisa76


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