Updated on December 14, 2022
The wines of LanguedocSyrah wines have long been in the shadow of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône wines. Before the revolution that took place some thirty years ago, Languedoc wine production was focused on wines rich in alcohol and without taste interest. It is thanks to a movement of winemakers and their perseverance that the Languedoc terroirs now offer great wines.
It is obvious that the Languedoc vineyard benefits from an incomparable know-how, notably thanks to the great diversity of its terroirs and the marriage that is made between the different climates of the region. The Languedoc is best known for its ripe and intense red wines, such asSaint-ChinianCorbières and Faugères, but there are also crisp white wines made from Picpoul (such as Picpoul de Pinet), sparkling wines from the Limoux region, and a growing number of dessert wines.
The wines of the Languedoc reflect the personality of the region perfectly, generous, well-balanced and with a wide range of aromas. Savor them quietly and spread good cheer as you sit back and enjoy your view from the Pic Saint-Loup!
With twenty-three different appellations (Aude, Corbières, Fitou, Limoux, Muscat, Vins de France...), the wines of the AOC Languedoc are not alike. There are three types of appellations; regional, sub-regional, and communal.
The regional appellation of Languedoc is the AOC Languedoc formerly known as Coteaux du Languedoc. Red, rosé and white wines are produced under this appellation.
The sub-regional appellations of the Languedoc are divided into AOC Malpère, Limoux, Cabardès, Minervois-La Livinière, Costières de Nîmes, Crémant de Limoux, Saint-Chinian, Clairette du Languedoc, Corbières, Corbières-Boutenac, Fitou, Minervois, andFaugères.
The communal appellations are natural sweet white wines with four AOC Muscats but there is also a communal dry white wine appellation, Clairette de Bellegarde.
In the wines of the Languedoc we find many grape varieties. Several grape varieties are blended to produce wines with unique aromas and immense quality. The grape varieties are influenced by the different climates present in the region. The Mediterranean, oceanic and Pyrenean influence allows the use of both northern and southern grape varieties that are more or less late.
They all have one thing in common: the aromas of the garrigue and their sunny notes. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Picpoul, Muscat, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Bourboulenc, Clairette and Syrah are the star grape varieties of the Languedoc, offering our taste buds structured and full-bodied wines:
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