In the south, the hot, sun-drenched vineyards of the Languedoc and Roussillon wine regions don’t just produce loads of inexpensive wine under the Pays d’Oc umbrella. Some AOCs, such as Corbières, Minervois, Coteaux du Languedoc and Côtes de Roussillon offer a magic mix of great value, history and fascinating herbal (garrigue) and fruity flavors.
A new hierarchy has recently been agreed upon for Languedoc appellations, with AOC Languedoc wines at the bottom of the pyramid, followed by Grands Vins de Languedoc (such as Saint-Chinian and Faugères) and finally the Grand Crus du Languedoc (such as Pic Saint Loup and La Clape).
A veritable alphabet soup of grape varieties are grown, with the most common being Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Search our Languedoc-Roussillon wine guide’s hundreds of Languedoc-Roussillon wine reviews for more details on individual wines and for our comprehensive database of Languedoc-Roussillon wine ratings.
A gorgeous wine, dark and complex, with assertive leather and licorice spice throughout the boysenberry and bramble character. Touches of graham cracker, tobacco leaf and spice unfold in the mouth. Lush and decadent, with a lingering chocolate-raspberry finish. Enjoyable now, it could show more balance and finesse in 2–3 years.
This is a lush and satisfying Rivesaltes Ambré, made from 100% White Grenache and aged in oak for seven years. There’s a gorgeous rancio quality to the wine with notes of almond and orange rind throughout, framed by aromas and flavors of quince paste, wood-grilled peach, fruit cake and carmelized date. The long finish shows good evolution, transitioning from notes…
I have long enjoyed Dr. Parcé's dry red wines made under the Collioure appellation label. Banyuls is the traditional dessert wine of the region. This is fabulous, with its open-knit, candied character, dried roses and a touch of mint. It finishes long and soft, with every nuance tightly defined. It's not cheap, but it's special.
The big wine, the grand vin from Daumas Gassac is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with more typical Languedoc varietals. It shows structure and impressive elegance to go along with its power. Flavors of dark plums and black fruits go along with the layer of wood. Considerng the poor vintage, this doesn't miss a moment of richness. Ideally age for 10 years or more…
With just shy of 1,000 bottles produced, this will be hard to find. Dried fruit flavors of raspberry and red plum dominate the nose and mouth, while notes of sweet mulled spice, clove-pricked orange rind, pepper, walnut skin and bittersweet cocoa glimmer throughout. Full and rich but lively, with medium acidity and a zippiness to the finish. Enjoyable now, but this…
This is a stunning wine that’s loaded with flavor and complexity. The vibrant bouquet boasts assertive, fruity aromas of kirsch, blueberry and blackberry, alongside notes of iris, dark chocolate and a touch of sweet tobacco. The palate is full and ripe, with powerful, dense black-fruit and berry flavors that are laced with a hint of cream and sweet cocoa. Firm yet…
It’s sad that only 5,080 bottles of this wine were produced, as it’s truly a stunner. Dark and developed, complex and concentrated, this wine exhibits such superb balance and finesse, with nuanced notes of minerality, scrubland, whole tobacco leaf, black pepper and licorice root all gracing the dark fruit core of the nose and mouth. It’s lush and full on the palate…
White currants and yellow fruit aromas are followed by a rich, exotic display of flavors, stone fruits, green herbs, apricot skins and a touch of wood. This is a complex wine, certainly young now, a wine that demands attention as well as aging.