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The metamorphosis of Languedoc wines

The metamorphosis of Languedoc wines

This is one of the great lessons of recent years. The best Languedoc winemakers have reached a stylistic maturity that allows them to finally free themselves from the influence of Bordeaux, Rhône or Bourgogne wines, to define their own viticultural identity.

In fact, it is a logical follow-up to the revolution started thirty years ago in Languedoc. Tired of a production centered on wines rich in alcohol and without great taste interest, several passionate winemakers and above all convinced of the potential of their terroirs have demonstrated that great wines can be produced in Languedoc. Deserting the plain and reinvesting the best hillsides, they quickly imposed their wines in the tastings.

This young generation was able to produce wines, especially reds, which correspond to the personality of the region: a generous character, without imbalance or heaviness, and a Mediterranean aromatic palette. Some debates between grape varieties and appellations around the notion of terroir are obsolete: the style goes far beyond the framework of grape varieties. The revival of “indigenous” or at least “identity” grape varieties, such as carignan, cinsault, macabeu, grenache gris, even ribeyrenc, white carignan or terret, turns out to be an excellent thing for Languedoc .

The reds appear to us on the whole to be of a higher level than the whites and rosés. Little by little, the production models are evolving, with the advent of large non-wooded cuvées. However, the overripe, extracted, woody style inherited from the 90s and 2000s still exists and works in certain markets.

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      May 12, 2020

      Nice article ! I personally love this terroir

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