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The Languedoc, a contrast between mountain and Mediterranean vineyard

It is both the largest and the oldest vineyards of France. The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard extends on some 240 000 hectares, and its origins go back to the 5e century before our era. In terms of the Languedoc, 70,000 hectares of vineyards give rise to a wide range of names which the hierarchy is changing. The wine region, known for its wines table and mass, operates a major transformation since 30 years. Now, the offer in wines of the Languedoc is structured with products that find and prove, their identity and their quality.

General presentation of the Languedoc vineyards

In the South of the France, the vineyards of Languedoc extends between the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of the Cévennes. It unfolds from West to East between Carcassonne and Nimes. It covers largely the Occitania with a presence in the departments of Aude, Gard and Hérault.

Here, the wine production is largely dominated by the red, more than 70%. Kings grapes syrah, black grenache, Mourvèdre and the cinsault. On the side of whites, chardonnay is the leading variety. Many other varieties are grown in Languedoc, the region had particularly sought to develop local varieties adapted to the climate.

Very extended, the Languedoc vineyards offers many terroirs, between sea and mountain. What gives rise to very different wines from the other, available in three colors: red, white, and pink. The region produces also sparkling wine, including the blanquette of Limoux.

Appellations

They are very numerous, as the region has a large mosaic of soils. For thirty years, the vineyards of Languedoc sees its appellations prioritize between them in order to structure the production and make it more readable. In summary, the wines are classified according to a pyramidal structure: remains the basis of the generic appellation Languedoc. Flow from the AOC fine wines, the heart of the range, and Languedoc wines, the top of the wine production. There are also several IGP.

AOC Languedoc

Grouped under this generic AOC wines have the entry level of regional production. It replaces the hillsides of the Languedoc appellation. The AOC Languedoc is very broad as it unfolds in Languedoc-Roussillon, from the Spanish border to the gates of Nimes. Wines are available in three colors. Assemblies mainly involve the grenache, syrah, Mourvèdre, carignan and the cinsault.

Great wines of the Languedoc

The Vineyard produces different wines AOC:

  • Cabardès AOC: this appellation produced over Carcassonne involves varietals between Atlantic (cabernet, merlot, malbec) and Mediterranean (syrah, grenache), for assemblies that are distinguished by their uniqueness.
  • AOC Clairette of Languedoc: this white wine from the banks of the Hérault uses exclusively the clairette white.
  • AOC Corbières: it is produced from Carcassonne to Narbonne on steep, sunny reliefs. The 1era AOC of Languedoc has whites, reds and roses varied.
  • AOC Faugères: North of Béziers, this AOC is composed for the organic wines third.
  • Fitou AOC: it's the oldest AOC red wine from Languedoc, produced in seaside and in the mountains of Corbières.
  • AOC Limoux: everything to the West of the region, this produces red and white wines AOC quiet and sparkling wines (blanquette and crémant).
  • AOC Malepère: West of Carcassonne, this name is the origin of red and rosé wines often produced by cooperative cellars.
  • AOC Minervois: renowned, this name finds its place between Carcassonne and Narbonne and gives wines in 3 colors.
  • AOC Picpoul of Pinet: here, a single grape is worked, the white picpoule. It gives renowned wines to perfectly accompany oysters from Bouzigues.
  • AOC chinian and AOC chinian Roquebrun and AOC chinian Berlou: North-West of Béziers, in the upper Languedoc, this appellation and its two subdivisions give red, white and rosé wines.

The Languedoc appellation has also several denominations geographic, spread of Nîmes to Narbonne and Montpellier and Béziers through:

  • AOC Languedoc - Cabrières
  • AOC Languedoc - Montpellier sandstone
  • AOC Languedoc - the Mejanelle
  • AOC Languedoc - Montpeyroux
  • AOC Languedoc - Pézenas
  • AOC Languedoc - tell
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Christol
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Charles
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Georges orcs
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Saturnin
  • AOC Languedoc - Sommières

Wines of the Languedoc

The high-end of the Languedoc wine production is currently a few names that continue to increase their reputation:

  • AOC Corbières-Boutenac: here is the black carignan for red wines of Assembly.
  • AOC La Clape: at the gates of Narbonne in the Aude, this AOC gives white and red wines.
  • AOC Minervois - Livinière: arid territory are grown mainly syrah, Mourvèdre and grenache.
  • AOC Pic-Saint-Loup: between Mediterranean and Cevennes, North of Montpellier, this appellation has wines for their finesse, especially of the Red syrah, grenache and Mourvèdre, and rosé wines.
  • AOC terraces of the Larzac: a land characterized by its relief and its vineyards in grenache, Mourvèdre, syrah, carignan and cinsault.