Languedoc

Languedoc

Les Filles de Septembre - Delphine de Saint André 2017 – Sku: 6621 – 1
The Girls of September
2017
PGI Côtes de Thongue
€9.90
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Mas de la Séranne - Les Griottiers 2020 – Sku: 6323 – 145
Mas de la Séranne
2020
Coteaux-du-Languedoc PDO
€11.00
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Rimbert - Saint Chinian Les Travers de Marceau 2019 – Sku: 6790 – 106
Jean-Marie Rimbert
2019
Saint-Chinian PDO
€11.00
Mas Laval - Les Pampres 2018 – Sku: 6380 – 40
Mas Laval
2018
IGP de l'Hérault
€11.90
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La Terrasse d'Elise XB 2020 – Sku: 6679 – 39
Elise's Terrace
2020
IGP de l'Hérault
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Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup - Tour de Pierres 2020 – Sku: 655220 – 91
Hermitage of Pic Saint Loup
2020
Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup PDO
€13.00
Hortus - Bergerie Blanc 2020 – Sku: 637920 – 3
Hortus
2020
IGP Val de Montferrand
€13.90
Hortus - Bergerie Rouge 2020 – Sku: 6374 – 46
Hortus
2020
Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup PDO
€14.90
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Jean Marie Rimbert - Saint Chinian Le Mas au Schiste 2019 – Sku: 6810 – 115
Jean-Marie Rimbert
2019
Saint-Chinian PDO
€14.90
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Alain Chabanon - Campredon 2019 – Sku: 6341 – 19
Alain Chabanon
2019
Coteaux-du-Languedoc PDO
€16.00
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Alain Chabanon - Campredon 2018 – Sku: 6345 – 3
Alain Chabanon
2018
Coteaux-du-Languedoc PDO
€16.90
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Les Creisses - 2020 – Sku: 635220 – 395
Les Creisses
2020
PGI Pays d'Oc
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The Languedoc, a contrasting vineyard between the mountains and the Mediterranean

It is both the largest and the oldest vineyard in France. The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard covers some 240,000 hectares and its origins date back to the 5th century BC. In the Languedoc, 70,000 hectares of vines give rise to a wide range of appellations, the hierarchy of which is in the process of changing. The wine region, once known for its table and mass-produced wines, has undergone a major transformation over the last thirty years. The Languedoc wine offer is now structured with products that find, and prove, their identity and quality.

General presentation of the Languedoc vineyards

In the south of France, the Languedoc vineyards stretch between the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of the Cévennes. It spreads from west to east between Carcassonne and Nîmes. It thus covers a large part of Occitania with a presence in the departments of Aude, Gard and Hérault.

Here, wine production is largely dominated by reds, at over 70%. The king grape varieties are Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. As for the whites, Chardonnay is the leading variety. Many other grape varieties are grown in the Languedoc, as the region has sought to develop local grape varieties adapted to the climate.

The Languedoc vineyards are very extensive and offer a wide range of terroirs, between the sea and the mountains. This gives rise to wines that are very different from one another, available in three colours: red, white and rosé. The region also produces sparkling wines, including the Blanquette de Limoux.

The appellations

There are many different appellations, as the region has a great mosaic of terroirs. For the past thirty years, the Languedoc vineyards have been hierarchically classified in order to structure the production and make it easier to understand. In short, the wines are classified according to a pyramid structure: the generic Languedoc appellation forms the basis. This is followed by the AOC Grands Vins, the heart of the range, and the Crus, the summit of Languedoc wine production. There are also several IGPs.

AOC Languedoc

The wines grouped under this generic AOC constitute the entry level of the regional production. It replaces the appellation Coteaux du Languedoc. The AOC Languedoc is very extensive as it covers the whole of Languedoc-Roussillon, from the Spanish border to the gates of Nîmes. The wines are available in all three colours. The blends are mainly Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault.

Great wines of the Languedoc

The vineyard produces several great AOC wines:

  • AOC Cabardès: this appellation produced above Carcassonne uses grape varieties between the Atlantic (Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec) and the Mediterranean (Syrah, Grenache), for blends which are distinguished by their singularity.
  • AOC Clairette du Languedoc: this white wine from the banks of the Hérault river uses exclusively the white clairette.
  • AOC Corbières: produced from Carcassonne to Narbonne on steep, sunny slopes. The 1st AOC of the Languedoc region has a wide variety of whites, reds and rosés.
  • AOC Faugères: north of Béziers, this AOC is made up of a third of organic wines.
  • AOC Fitou: this is the oldest red wine AOC in the Languedoc, produced by the sea and in the Corbières mountains.
  • AOC Limoux: in the west of the region, this AOC produces still red and white wines as well as sparkling wines (blanquette and crémant).
  • AOC Malepère: to the west of Carcassonne, this appellation produces red and rosé wines, often mass-produced by cooperative cellars.
  • AOC Minervois: this renowned appellation is located between Carcassonne and Narbonne and produces wines in all three colours.
  • AOC Picpoul de Pinet: here, only one grape variety is used, the white Picpoule. It produces wines that are renowned for being the perfect accompaniment to the oysters of Bouzigues.
  • AOC Saint-Chinian, AOC Saint-Chinian Berlou and AOC Saint-Chinian Roquebrun: to the north-west of Béziers, in the Haut Languedoc, this appellation and its two subdivisions produce red, white and rosé wines.

The Languedoc appellation also has several geographical denominations, spread out from Nîmes to Narbonne and passing through Montpellier and Béziers:

  • AOC Languedoc - Cabrières
  • AOC Languedoc - Grés de Montpellier
  • AOC Languedoc - La Méjanelle
  • AOC Languedoc - Montpeyroux
  • AOC Languedoc - Pézenas
  • AOC Languedoc - Quatourze
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Christol
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Drézéry
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Georges-d'Orques
  • AOC Languedoc - Saint-Saturnin
  • AOC Languedoc - Sommières

Languedoc Crus

The top of the range of Languedoc wine production currently includes a few appellations that are constantly increasing their reputation:

  • AOC Corbières-Boutenac: here the black carignan reigns for blended red wines.
  • AOC La Clape: just outside Narbonne, in the Aude, this AOC produces white and red wines.
  • AOC Minervois-La Livinière: on an arid territory, mainly syrah, mourvèdre and grenache are grown.
  • AOC Pic-Saint-Loup: between the Mediterranean and the Cévennes, north of Montpellier, this appellation produces wines renowned for their finesse, especially reds made from syrah, grenache and mourvèdre, as well as rosé wines.
  • AOC Terrasses du Larzac: a terroir characterised by its relief and its mix of grenache, mourvèdre, syrah, carignan and cinsault.

Appellations

Saint-Chinian PDO

Saint-Chinian: the Languedoc in red, white and rosé wines

Côteaux-du-Languedoc PDO

PGI Côtes de Thongue

PGI Pays d'Oc

IGP Hauterive

Languedoc la Clape PDO

Faugères PDO

Wines with character that reflect the unique character of their terroir: the Faugères AOC surprises with its personality, full of finesse and nature. This Languedoc appellation is the result of the work of passionate winegrowers who are aware of the need to preserve their environment. Here, farming practices respect biodiversity and already more than a third of the production is carried out in organic and biodynamic agriculture. Great wines of the Languedoc, the Faugères AOC red, rosé and white wines have something to surprise you.

IGP du Gard

Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup PDO

Pic-Saint-Loup, one of the nuggets of the Languedoc

Cabardès PDO

Terrasses du Larzac PDO

Terrasses-du-larzac, one of the most beautiful AOCs in the Languedoc

PGI Côtes Catalanes

IGP Val de Montferrand

Corbières Boutenac PDO

Languedoc Pézenas AOP

Fitou PDO

Fitou, one of the most promising red wines of the Languedoc

IGP de l'Hérault

Corbières PDO

In terms of volume of production, the Corbières AOC is the number one in the Languedoc. With more than 10,000 hectares and 400,000 hl/year, this appellation is indeed a powerful figurehead of the Languedoc vineyards. Between Carcassonne and Narbonne, from the Aude to the Pyrénées-Orientales, the terroirs multiply and the wines diversify. In red, but also in rosé and in white, the Corbières are always wines of character... with a very good quality-price ratio.

Languedoc PDO

Minervois PDO

It is one of the largest appellations in the Languedoc. With 4,400 hectares of vines classified as AOC, the Minervois region produces a wide variety of wines, especially reds, but also rosés and whites. In the Languedoc-Roussillon region, between Carcassonne and Narbonne, the Minervois vineyards stretch from the foothills of the Black Mountain to the banks of the Aude. Dense, round, fruity and balanced, the Minervois AOC will seduce you with its aromatic qualities, its ageing potential and its affordable prices.

Le vignoble

Alain Chabanon

Antiyal

Bertrand-Bergé

Cabrol

Château Thivin

Claude-Edouard continues the work of his father Claude Geoffrey. The level now reached on his Côte de Brouilly makes it the absolute reference of the appellation and places it among the elite of the whole Beaujolais.

Christophe Peyrus

Christophe Peyrus, of the famous Clos Marie, is continuing his ascent with the acquisition of this new estate in the Pic Saint-Loup hills at Cazevieille.

Clos Bagatelle

Clos Marie

Hermitage of Pic Saint Loup

Freshness, fruit, complexity and a big favourite for the whole range!

Hortus

Jean-Marie Rimbert

La Garance

La Pèira en Damaisèla

"For many observers, this is the most exciting estate in the Languedoc."

Elise's Terrace

The Crossing

The dream of Gavin Crisfield, Irish sommelier and oenologist, took shape in 2009 when he decided to settle in Saint-Privat in the magnificent Terrasses du Larzac. His Traversée is taking shape!

Léon Barral

Didier Barral continues his work begun in the 1990s. On the schists of Lenthéric, he and his brother make wines in search of authenticity that perfectly reflect the typicity of this terroir.

Les Aurelles

Basile Saint-Germain and his wife join the elite of the rare triple starred wines of the Revue du Vin de France in Languedoc; Mas Jullien and Peyre Rose...

Les Creisses

The Domaine Languedocien des Creisses is located in Valros, 6km from Pézenas. Philippe Chesnelong has been trying to produce a great Mediterranean wine since 1998. Mission accomplished, since we can say that he even produces two!

The Girls of September

The Forgotten Vines

Mas Cal Demoura

Mas de la Séranne

Mas de la Seranne - Aniane from Altaïr-Prod on Vimeo .

Mas Jullien

Mas Laval

Maxime Magnon

Montcalmès

Frédéric Pourtalié has become a Languedoc icon. The Montcalmès vineyard covers an area of 23 hectares today; Syrah and Grenache on a limestone plateau and Mourvèdre on rolled pebbles. A blend has been produced since 1999, the one that made the reputation of the Domaine. It is aged for twenty-four months in barrels, in the purest tradition without fining or filtration, a cuvée of unfailing regularity.

Peyre Rose

"S'il fallait donner synonyme à Peyre Rose, ce serait sûrement mille et une nuits tant les finales sont envoûtantes.

Pierre Vaïsse

One of the greatest winemakers of tomorrow. Installed in Puechabon and inspired by his friends Frédéric Pourtalié and Laurent Vaillé of the Grange des Pères, Pierre Vaisse is already producing wines that are part of the Languedoc elite, wines with a great identity, signed by long maturation that gives them great purity, in a style infused with a very high level.

Roc d'Anglade

New Year's Eve

The Saint Sylvestre estate, which takes its name from the church in Puéchabon where the first vines were historically planted, is located north of Aniane in the heart of the famous Terrasses du Larzac.

Rostaing