Languedoc is the largest wine region in France. Also one of the most exciting regions, the last couple of decades have seen production migrated from bulk wine to quality products. Comprised of several sub-regions, the French Corner brings the U.S. labels from Gres de Montpellier, Pic St Loup, Terrasses du Larzac, Corbieres, Saint Chinian, Faugeres, Limoux, and Malpere. Languedoc hosts a wide variety of wine coming from the traditional “Mediterranean” varietals (syrah, Grenache, carignan, mourvedre, cinsault) to other grapes such as the Bordeaux blend (merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon). In addition, the variety of soil (schist, pebbled terraces, sandstone, marl, limestone, alluvium) gives the wines their distinctive character.
Wine was introduced in the region by the Greeks during the 6th century BC, but was effectively developed by the Romans. The opening of the “Canal du midi” in 1681 as well as the development of railroads have contributed to promote the growth of viticulture in the region.
Today, the region is dominated by the production of red wine that benefits from the Mediterranean climate, with high summer temperatures, sporadic rainfall, and strong winds.
The French Corner Languedoc:
Chateau Haut Blanville
Domaine Christophe Peyrus
Mas de l’Oncle
Domaine des Pres Lasses