If you haven’t already seen our first Languedoc post: L is for the way we love Languedoc, go check it out now! (And note that our translators for French and German were close to killing us – we owe them lots of wine for that one!) Let’s delve a bit deeper into this region.
The Languedoc Rousillon produces 1/3 of the wine in France and, unlike most areas in France, is quite warm, dry, and sunny. This area has been traditionally known for its ‘wine lake.’ The wine lake referred to the vast quantities of crap wine that was made in this 750,000 acre/303, 514 hectare region. This is definitely changing in the more recent years! In this region, the focus is on IGP or Vin de Pays wines. The most well known is the Pays d’OC designation.
The new Languedoc AOP region comprises all the Languedoc and Rousillon regions with more stringent requirements. Other important regions are: Fitou, Corbières, Faugéres, Minervois, and Côtes de Rousillon.
- Red Languedoc Varietals: Carignane, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault – sound a bit familiar?
- White Languedoc Varietals: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac, Muscat – the whites are generally less acidic and very drinkable!
The Languedoc Rousillon wines are definitely changing and experimenting with new varietals and winemaking techniques…they are making some of the best value wines in all of France!
Luscious Languedoc - Guided Tasting of Pioch de L’Oule
History of Domaine Costeplane: Since 2012 this husband and wife team has been making great Biodynamic wine in the Languedoc. They are very detail oriented in their wines, and treat their grapes very gently. They love bringing out the warmth and sun of the Languedoc region. Domaine Costeplane has about 30 hectares of land and produces wines from Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, or Vermentino.