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Languedoc Wine

Languedoc (formerly 'Coteaux du Languedoc') is a key appellation used in southern France's Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. It covers dry table wines of all three colors (red, white and rosé) from all over the region, but leaves the sweet and sparkling wines to other more specialized appellations. Around 75% of all Languedoc wine is red, the remaining 25% being split roughly down the middle between whites and rosés. The appellation covers most of the Languedoc region and nearly a third of all the wine-bearing vines in France.

The typical Languedoc red is a medium-bodied, fruit-forward wine. The finest examples are slightly heavier-bodied and have darker, more savory aromas with hints of spice, underbrush and leather. The grape varieties used to make these are the classic southern French varieties Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, often with a hint of Carignan or Cinsaut.

The coat of arms of Languedoc

The appellation's white wines are made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, with occasional recourse to the Rhone Valley varieties Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. In one very specific case (Picpoul du Pinet), the little-known local variety Picpoul is also used. The rosés are based on the key red varieties, with support from the white varieties. (© Wine-Searcher)

As with other generic regional appellations (e.g. Cotes du Rhone), the Languedoc title serves as an entry-level starting point for wines from all over Languedoc-Roussillon. It is complemented by numerous other appellations dotted around the region (e.g. Saint-Chinian, Minervois, Fitou), which focus much more closely on a particular place and wine style.

The Languedoc appellation identifies a number of sub-regions whose wines are of particularly high quality. From east to west, these are: Sommieres, Pic Saint-Loup, Gres de Montpellier, Terrasses du Larzac, Pezenas and the famous La Clape. The idiosyncratic white wine appellation Picpoul de Pinet is treated as a sub-region here.

Within the sub-regions mentioned above are a number of smaller officially recognized vineyard areas referred to simply as 'terroirs'. The most famous of these are arguably Saint-Drezery and Cabrieres. The tiny Montpeyroux area is also of note – a tiny area just a few miles west of Aniane (home to the revered wineries Mas de Daumas Gassac and Domaine de la Grange des Peres). Having been officially identified as sources of high-quality wine, these areas are permitted to append their own names to the Languedoc appellation (e.g. 'Languedoc La Clape').

The renaming from Coteaux du Languedoc, and the overhaul of the appellation laws, have all been part of an effort to improve the reputation of Languedoc-Roussillon and its wines. One of the most significant steps taken was to progressively reduce the proportion of Carignan and Cinsaut used in the local wines. The appellation laws forbid these two varieties (individually or combined) from making up more than 40% of any standard Languedoc wine. There are even stronger restrictions on the varieties, for wines claiming any of the appellation's sub-region or terroir titles (e.g. La Clape). The most notable of these is the exceptionally high minimum age at which Carignan vines qualify for the Gres de Montpellier title – a daunting 8 years.

'Coteaux du Languedoc' had a five-year grace period until 2012, during which time it existed side by side with 'Languedoc'.

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Here are some wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Chateau Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Prestige, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $20 1785
Cave de Roquebrun Coteaux du Languedoc Chemin des Olivettes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France N/A $11 3215
Les Costieres de Pomerols Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Picpoul $10 3680
Chateau de Flaugergues Coteaux du Languedoc La Mejanelle Cuvee Sommeliere, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Syrah $15 3894
Chateau de la Negly Coteaux du Languedoc La Porte du Ciel, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $102 4238
Mas Belles Eaux Languedoc Les Coteaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $18 5387
Chateau Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Prestige Rose, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Cinsaut - Grenache $17 6004
La Peira en Damaisela Terrasses du Larzac 'La Peira', Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Syrah $90 6330
Ermitage du Pic Saint-Loup, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $17 6856
Domaine Clavel La Mejanelle La Copa Santa, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $20 7387
Gerard Bertrand Pic Saint-Loup Grand Terroir, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $15 7868
Les Arbousiers Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $11 7916
Chateau de Fouzilhon Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $13 7959
Clos Marie Pic Saint-Loup Les Glorieuses, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Syrah $59 8042
Prieure de Saint-Jean de Bebian Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $35 8697
Domaine de Montcalmes Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $30 9611
Chateau de la Negly Coteaux du Languedoc Clos des Truffiers, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Syrah $112 9668
La Peira en Damaisela Terrasses du Larzac 'Las Flors de la Peira', Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $41 10051
Chateau de la Negly La Clape La Falaise, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $22 11750
Mas Jullien Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $37 12307
Mas des Chimeres Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $15 13931
Chateau de Lancyre Pic Saint-Loup Rose, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Cinsaut - Grenache - Syrah $15 14372
Domaine de Nizas Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $17 14452
Orliac Domaine de L'Hortus Pic Saint-Loup Grande Cuvee, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $23 14484
Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Picpoul $11 14806
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