The Languedoc is an ancient region to the south of France, bordering Spain. The history of Languedoc wine goes deep into history and vines were first planted here by the Greeks around 500BC, meaning it is one of the most ancient wine growing regions in the world. It is also the largest single wine producing area in the world with some 700,000 given to vines. This means it produces three times more wine than Bordeaux and more than all of Australia. In total, around a third of all French wine comes from Languedoc. With such a vast area and so much wine being produced, it is vital to get to grips with Languedoc wines.
Getting to know Languedoc wine
The vast world of Languedoc wines can be extremely confusing. The wines can be known by a wide variety of names, from Vine de Pays d'Oc to more exact classifications like Minervois and Corbieres. The area contains an astonishing range of micro climates and this is reflected in the growing number of small AOC classifications including Cabardes and St-Chinian-Berlou. The best known appellations, however, are Languedoc AOC, Corbieres AOC, Saint-Chinian, Minervois and Faugeres.
The grapes of Languedoc wine
As you might expect from such a large area, the variety of grapes being used to make Languedoc wine is also huge. You will find the well-known international grape varieties like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc and the traditional Rhone Valley grapes also make an appearance in the shape of Viognier, Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. You will also find Grenache, Cinsault and Picpoul. The variety is truly boggling and it is all the more reason that the wine love should be armed with a good guide, like the Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide.
A guide to Languedoc wine
The Gilbert & Gaillard guide is a great way to get to grips with the complex world of Languedoc wine. The guide features helpful tasting notes, advice on matching wine with food and even recipes that will bring out the best of the wine you choose. The simple 100 point rating system lets the buyer compare all of these different wines and make a more informed decision about the Languedoc wines that are best for them, whether they be from the more famous vineyards or new wines from some of the exciting small producers in the area.