Great Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon
Great Wines of the
The Languedoc-Roussillon is located on the southern medetarnean coast of France from the southern Rhône to the Spanish border. The area is often associated with bulk wine, as well as the cheap and cheerful wines of ‘Pays d’OC”. While it is true that the region is responsible for 1/3 of Frances total production. While the production of the region rivals that of the entire country of Australia, there are still many appellations producing quality wines.
While the region is a major player in overall production, just 10% of wines fall under the highest quality designation of AOC (Appellation d’Orgin Controllee). These AOCs have greatly increased in popularity due to their quality and value. The Syrah based reds of Pic Saint-Loup have garnered much praise in recent years for the unique limestone terroir and distinct concentration. While the wines of Picpoul de Pinet are showing up on top restaurant lists around the globe.
The Languedoc can contribute some of its success to their ability to name the grape varietal on the label. This is forbidden in many regions, which in turn makes shopping for many French wines a daunting process. The inexpensive land and warm and dry climate of the region allows for easy and inexpensive viticulture. Disease pleasure is minimal making way for an abundance of organic vineyards.
Piquepoul is the main grape used as the base wine in Noilly Prat Vermouth
Languedoc-Roussillon is responsible for 30% of France’s organic wine production; this equals 7% of the world.
The monks of the Saint-Hilaire monastery in Limoux “discovered” sparking wine in the 1500’s, far before Champagne.