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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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 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 Borie de Maurel

    Of course we could tell you the usual story that we have made wine here for thousands of years. W...

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Abbotts Brothers

    Created in 1996 by Nerida Abbott and Nigel Sneyd, “ABBOTTS” has been bringing a modern approach t...

  • Domaine Cazes

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • 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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  • Domaine Chiroulet Famille Fezas Cotes de Gascogne White "Terres Blanches" 2012

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    My first experience with Gros Maseng. Ripe melon and peach blends with apricot, grass, and elderflower. The slight fizz on the tongue, coupled with the obvious influence of Sauvignon Blanc, makes this perfect for an encounter at an outdoor cafe' and some oysters. Fabulous value. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Chateau de Brau Cabardes 2011

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    20% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache Earthy and spicy and immediately attractive on the nose with its complex blend of tobacco, carob, tomato leaf, stone and peppery red fruit aromas. Smooth and polished on entry, this is very well balanced if a little too supple for me, but still it's a delightful wine in the mouth. The flavors ar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine du Lirou Corteaux D' Enserune France 'Rouge' 2012

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    the craftsman who put this blend together outdid oneself. WOW! pleasant is the word the consumes this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine Lafage 'Miraflors' Rose 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose 2013

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    Very light clear salmon color. Fresh, clean, sweet fruity nose. Nice spice with a slight greenness. Well balanced with nice acid. Juicy ripe Asian pear, citrus, berries and cream. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Canonica Giovanni Barolo Paiagallo Premier 2010

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    Jammy red berry fruit pops with spicy depth and deep balsamic notes on a nose that already shows great integration. Fine ripe tannins greet the palate in this pretty big wine that retains great tension. There is a lot of body and backplate density here, though this is not terribly weighty. Already showing great wild cherry fruit up front accente... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sordo Barolo Gabutti 2010

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    Deep on the nose with an earthy base and smoky nuance laid over dark fruit with slightly medicinal, fine jerky, spicy, camphor aromas. In the mouth one finds good depth and complexity to the nicely presented wild cherry fruit which is clean and tight with very good tension. While not as firm as one might expect a wine from Serralunga to be this ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Patch Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    I'm actually a fan of this wine. I initially picked it up because my local supermarket had a sale on it. To tell the truth, I wasn't expecting much. But, I was pleasantly surprised. I prefer red wine over whites or rose's because i like the tannin and acidity a deep earthy red has to offer. This wine had to right balance of tannin and acid.... Read More

    Wine review by Ranada


  • Domaine Font Mars Picpoul 2012

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    Tight and slightly herbal on the nose with subtle shadings of dried herb stem floating over a base of flinty minerality. This is lean and fresh in the mouth and very acid driven with some crap apple and lime pith fruit and subtle herbal shadings offering a bit of complexity. Gaining a little richness on the backend, and some notes of white peach... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine de Cantagrils Picpoul de Pinet 2012

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    Dusty and spicy on the nose this shows a fine mineral base with gently drying apple blossoms and crisp apple fruit on the nose. Bright, fresh and acid driven in the mouth, this has a fair amount of weight and richness to it yet remains crisp and focused with slightly creamy apple and tart peach flavors on the palate. The acid drives the long fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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