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Ultimate Guide to the Languedoc Roussillon Wine Region

Famous Wines of the Languedoc Roussillon

Grape development is a generational thing, not only the way fine wines are passed down throu­gh families but also in the creation of a new grape, something that takes around 20 years for researchers to create and grow [source: McCandless]. So far, you've learned the influence climate has on wine -- specifically, how the Languedoc Roussillon's Mediterranean heat makes a strong grape. In this section, see how different varieties of grapes lead to different flavors and wines within the region.

The Languedoc, France's largest wine producing region, focuses primarily on reds, although there are classes of white, rose, sparkling and sweet wines as well [source: French Institute, Reiss].

The red wines of Languedoc include:

  • Cabernet -- A strong, dense wine. If you like fruity wines, look for a Mas de Daumas Gassac Red, from the 1998 Vin de Pays d'Oc for a clear flavor of currants.
  • Merlot -- A smooth, full-bodied wine. The Domaine de Aspes 2003 has notes of berries and earthy flavors -- even a touch of tar.
  • Syrah/Shiraz -- Also smooth and rich, Syrah will give you a bit of a bite with its spiciness. A 2006 Domaine Saint Hubert Pic Saint Loup has earned critical attention. Look for herbs and licorice in its body.
  • Pinot Noir -- This classy variety will most likely remind you of several different fruits and flavors. A good pick is the M&S Grenache Noir Vine de Pays des Cotes Catalanes [sources: Gassac, Reiss, Robinson, Walsh].

The white wines of Languedoc include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc -- A high, crisp taste (imagine pastoral fields), this wine will carry its own distinct flavor by vintner. The Les Tours Sauvignon Blanc 2007 is popular.
  • Chardonnay -- Light and crisp, other areas of France are revered for their varietals of this kind. Try the Les Coteaux de Neffies 2007 Vin de Pays d'Oc for a taste of lemon and ginger.
  • Riesling -- This highly fruity wine can be served as a dessert wine.
  • Pinot Grigio/ Pinot Gris -- This sipping wine evokes smoky flavors [sources: My Wines Direct, Stolarski,].

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