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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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 created in 1985,although viticulture here goes back to at leas...

  • 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

  • Abbotts Brothers

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

  • Château de Cabriac

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

  • Mas des Dames

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

  • Château La Bastide

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

  • Domaine d'Aupilhac

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

  • Château Paul Mas

    There are contact detail;s and a description for this estate on this site under 'Domaines Paul ...

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Languedoc on Snooth

  • Gonzalez-Byass Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Nectar NV

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    Nuts and spice and everything nice. The nose is a mix of acetone, nuts, salt air, musty cellar and mixed brown spices. Smooth with a hint of sweetness and rich flavors of wood, cinnamon, raw nuts, cooked sugar, salt air and more. Smooth and soft in the mouth I only wish I was sitting down enjoying a sunset on the beach. Truely a great wine. 5/5 ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Château la Roque Red Rhone Blend Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Cupa Numismae 2001

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    Incredible wine, with pure fruit and rich spice. Had it with a lamb ragu and fresh Gnocchi. Raspberry, leather, pepper, and more. Wish I had more in my cellar. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Chardonnay Pinot Noir Anna Codorniu Cava Rosé Brut Spain Cava NV

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    Light yellow in color with small to medium bubbles. The nose shows some yeasty notes with pineapple, though overall pretty hollow. Medium sparkle on the palate with a dry finish. Creamy in the mouth with apple, yeast, and faint honey notes. Though overall this wine is a good value, it's still a bit boring. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Les Clos de Paulilles Red Rhone Blend Collioure 2001

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    Medium to heavey in the mouth with a blackberry syrup quality. Rich depth of flavors with berry, soft vanilla, and light spice present. Oak is present but very well integrated, while the wine as a whole is amazingly balanced. c5a11t16o8=90 [90] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Gonzalez-Byass Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Nectar NV

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    Alfonso, Jerez, Oloroso Seco, Palomino – Gonzalez Byass 18% Georgeous light carmel color brilliant clear with hints of gold that flash as you swirl it in the glass. Carmel, wood, salt air, Raw nutmeg, light roasted nut notes and all supported by a light vanilla underlayer. Light and heavey in the mouth at the same time if possible, the flavors a... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Pomerol Clos l'Eglise 1998

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    Very nice for the low price point. I am a beginner at describing wines but I would say there is some coffee, leather and plum along with smooth tannins. Definitely ready to drink now. I wish I had purchased a few more. [84] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


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