Wine from Languedoc


The area of the Languedoc wines :

          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 :

          The Languedoc 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.
          This diversity 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.
          The 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 Languedoc wines.

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

          Additionally the Languedoc region also produces a fair amount of « Vins Doux Naturels » (sweet whites in Frontignan, Lunel, Mireval and St Jean de Minervois appellations).