Languedoc-roussillon Wine


This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, but only about ten percent of its AC wines. It’s a huge area that encompasses dozens of wine styles, varieties, and microclimates.

It is also the main site of the “crise viticole.” Historically, this region has been dominated by peasant farmers who grew grapes in quantity and sold them to the local cooperative. However, with increased competition from abroad, many of these farmers have found themselves unable to make a living. Some solutions have been vine-pull schemes and mandatory distillation. A few farmers have turned to protest and sabotage to draw attention to their plight.

One approach to the crisis has been encouraging the production of high-quality wines. Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.

The Languedoc-Roussillon is really two regions. The Languedoc is historically Occitan, while Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Languedoc-roussillon View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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-roussillon

  • Roussillon

    The Roussillon is a giant wine-producing region in the south of France. With the Languedoc, it ...

  • Beziers

  • Languedoc

      The people of this region once spoke Occitan, in which one said “oc” instead of “oui” to m...

Popular Wineries in Languedoc-roussillon View all

  • Badet Clement & Co

    A shared passion ... Since 1991, "Les Jamelles" has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delau...

  • Sacha Lichine

    Sacha Lichine has continued with the family tradition for innovation, by drawing on his wide expe...

  • Château de Cabriac

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

  • Château La Bastide

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • 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-roussillon on Snooth

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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