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Languedoc-Roussillon

An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good-quality, value-priced wines...

An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good-quality and value-priced wines, Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the world’s largest wine-producing region, spanning the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border to Rhône. Languedoc forms the eastern half of the larger appellation, while Roussillon is in the west; the two actually have quite distinct personalities but are typically grouped together. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and a frequent risk of drought. Roussillon, on the other hand, is defined by the rugged Pyrenees mountains and near-constant sunshine.

Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Dry wines are often blends, and varietal choice is strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône Valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Maccabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc.

International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In Roussillon, excellent sweet wines are made from Muscat and Grenache in Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury. The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.

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    Allegria Tribu d'A Rouge 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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      Fat Bastard Syrah 2016
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        Chateau Maris Natural Selection Syrah-Grenache La Linviniere Minervois 2014
        Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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          Chateau Maris Les Planels Old Vine Syrah La Liviniere Minervois 2011
          Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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          Domaine Sainte Rose Le Pinacle Syrah 2011
          Syrah/Shiraz from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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