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Languedoc-Roussillon Wine

Languedoc-Roussillon is a large and diverse wine region in the south of France, covering an area that stretches from Nimes and Montpellier in the east, around the Gulf of Lyon to the Spanish border.

As suggested by the double-barreled name, Languedoc-Roussillon was once two independent regions – Languedoc and Roussillon. Although the worlds of wine politics and commerce have enduringly grouped the two together, geography and culture separate them; Languedoc is quintessentially French in character, whereas the strong influences of Spanish and Catalan culture are clear across Roussillon. While Languedoc's vineyards are mostly located on coastal plains, those of Roussillon are either perched on cliff tops or nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. However, the two regions have been treated as a single unit so often – and for such a significant period of wine history – that it is now difficult to divide them.

Vineyards in Languedoc-Roussillon

About a quarter of all the wine-producing vines in France are located in Languedoc-Roussillon, contributing to such diverse wines as the sparkling Mauzac-based Blanquette de Limoux, the rich, sweet red wines of Banyuls, and the rosés of the Cotes du Roussillon.

Soil types and terroir vary across the region as much as the topography, making it hard to collectively describe them. A large proportion of the land here is garrigue (the quintessential southern French landscape of dry, low-lying scrubland on limestone soils), but there are also areas of slightly higher-altitude terrain in the far south and around the Montagne Noire in the north. Overall, it is a hot, dry region, with a definitively Mediterranean climate.

Languedoc-Roussillon is showing significant progress in the quality of its wines. With keenly priced competition from countries like Australia and Chile, the rustic style of the region's traditional wines was not sufficient to ensure continued commercial success. Emerging styles, innovative producers and revived viticultural areas are now introducing fresh life. This is demonstrated by the rapid investment, diversification and improvement in the wines of Maury in northern Roussillon; the development of more-modern wine styles such as Cremant de Limoux; and the inclusion of rose and white wines in the Collioure appellation. Perhaps most significant of all, is the new Languedoc title – introduced in 2007 to provide a consistent quality appellation for the entire Languedoc-Roussillon region.

The arrival of railways in southern France (in the 19th Century) was a dramatic boost for the local wine industry, and led to significant changes at a national level. Historically, the transportation of wine had been limited almost entirely to water-borne means, giving regions like Bordeaux and the Loire Valley a significant advantage over the southern regions, which lacked an efficient connection with key markets in northern France, Britain, The Netherlands and Germany. Even with the Canal du Midi connecting Montpellier to Toulouse (and ultimately to Bordeaux via the Canal de Garonne), shipping wine northwards (effectively 'uphill') was a slow and impractical process. As soon as the vineyards of Languedoc and Roussillon were connected by rail, the demand for their affordable, large-volume wines rose dramatically. It was this industrial development which marked the beginning of the Languedoc's story as a successful wine region.

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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
M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $13 640
Orin Swift - Dave Phinney - Joel Gott Shatter Grenache, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache (Garnacha) $26 1289
M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $25 1404
Chateau Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Prestige, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $20 1533
Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Mauzac $13 1873
Mas Amiel Maury Vintage, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache (Garnacha) $31 1877
Domaine de Baron'Arques Limoux, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Cabernet - Grenache - Merlot - Syrah $38 2427
Chateau Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Prestige Rose, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Cinsaut - Grenache $16 3092
Bonfils Chateau Millegrand Minervois Cuvee Mourral Grand Reserve, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $15 3335
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Corbieres Chateau d'Aussieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $25 3419
Domaine Gauby Cotes du Roussillon Villages Muntada, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $94 3815
Bonfils Chateau Millegrand Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $11 3820
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Corbieres Blason d'Aussieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $16 4042
Domaine Leon Barral Faugeres Jadis, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $35 4407
Les Costieres de Pomerols Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Picpoul $10 4912
M. Chapoutier Banyuls, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache (Garnacha) $33 5068
Chateau Saint-Roch 'Kerbuccio' Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $25 5137
Chateau Portal Minervois Cuvee Haute Expression, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $11 5311
Gerard Bertrand Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Grand Terroir, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Grenache - Syrah $15 5411
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris Rose, Languedoc-Roussillon, France N/A $15 5490
Gerard Bertrand Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $13 5529
Gerard Bertrand Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $13 6212
Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut, Languedoc-Roussillon, France N/A $16 6240
Gerard Bertrand Corbieres-Boutenac La Forge, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Carignan - Syrah $53 6428
Joseph Castan Corbieres Reserve, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Southern Rhone Blend Red $8 6756
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