This year, we have the opportunity to rediscover the beautiful sunny region of sea and mountains in southern France that is Languedoc. The region boasts 36 appellations of controlled origin (AOC) and 22 wines of protected geographical indication (IGP) on a territory of 40 000 hectares. It is the largest wine region in the world, the first in France, of course, and the oldest.
The Languedoc wine region stretches from east to west between Nîmes and Perpignan, passing through Carcassonne, Narbonne, Béziers and Montpellier. The terroirs are extremely varied, depending on whether the vineyards are backed by the Pyrenees, the central Massif, the river or the Mediterranean.
The red grape varieties that are vinified in this constantly evolving wine region are Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. As a general rule, the wines made here are rich in fruit and robust red wines, excellent served with duck or game, as well as excellent dry rosés, which evoke scrubland and an aperitif on the patio.
Languedoc is also the region where great Muscat wines are produced along with the famous Blanquette de Limoux. As for whites, white Grenache, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Piquepoul, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Vermentino are the most typical varieties of Languedoc.
Some of the best-known appellations include Corbières, Minervois, Saint-Chinian, Terrasses-du-Larzac, Picpoul de Pinet, just to name a few.
Among the IGP wines that are “Vins de Pays”, are found Pont du Gard, Cité de Carcassonne, Coteaux de Narbonne, Saint Guilhem le Désert, among others.