The area of the Languedoc
The wines from
Languedoc have suffered form a bad public images for a time. This
conception is inherited from a period of intense productivity.
Fortunately during the 80ies, wine producers from Languedoc realized
that the market had resolutely shifted toward a never-ending quest for
quality. The task was difficult needing to start new vines varieties
and massive equipment investments but nowadays, the Languedoc wines can
stand proud when compared with other French regions.
Terroir and appellations of the Languedoc Wines :
wine area is laid along a Mediterranean axis from Montpellier to
Leucate. Most at North it is home to the Pic St Loup appellation. While
proceeding down south follows the Coteaux du Languedoc, the St
Saturnin, the Faugère, the St Chinian, the Clape, the Minervois, the
Corbières, the Fitou, the Cabardès, the Malepère and finally the Limoux
at the southern end.
also expresses itself in the soils, with some rich alluvial soil from
fluvial plains, to schist or limestone hills and scrublands of stones
and rock with limestone bedding.
Mediterranean climate, hot and dry is compensated by a northern gentle
and moist colliding wind. These conditions have created a specific
microclimate that allows the diversity and the uniqueness of the
The Languedoc vines varieties :
> For the red wines: Grenache, Syrah, Mouvrèdre, Carignan,
Cinsault, but also the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon.
> For the white wines: Maccabeu, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc
(Malvoisie), Clairette, Picpoul and Muscat. Some more « international »
grapes are also used such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viogner
Languedoc region also produces a fair amount of « Vins Doux Naturels »
(sweet whites in Frontignan, Lunel, Mireval and St Jean de Minervois