Languedoc-Roussillon,, with its mediterranean climate, has a third again as much vineyard area as Australia, yet produces just 10% of France's AC wines. It is Frence's best value wine growing region, and is the biggest in ternms of volume. It's AC regions include, Fitou, Corbieres, Minervios, St. Chinian and Coteaux de Languedoc. Together, they turn out a huge range of wine styles from dry whites, rosés and reds to sparkling, (Blanquette de Limoux and Cremant de Limoux), fortified and dessert wines.
The main grape varieties for its fantastic red blends are: Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also planted. White varieties include: Clairette, Maccabéo, Chardonnay, Picpoul, Terret, Viognier, Roussane and Marsanne.
The region is home to some deliciously juicy still whites such as Picpoul de Pinet and Corbières Blanc. These are fantastic aperitif wines and also a great match for poultry, fish and seafood. The fullbodied reds from this region are a fabulous match for game, big red meat dishes and of course, Cheese.
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An excellent example of the great value and quality to be found in the Languedoc.
Grape 40% Grenache Noir, 30% Merlot and 30% Cinsault.
Food Choice Provencal veal stew with peppers and tomatoes.
Product code : 40662
This is a soft and round wine with lots of red berry fruit flavour - very easy to drink.
Grape 50% Mourvedre,25% Syrah 25% Grenache
Food Choice Light elegant meals, salads and grilled meats.
Product code : 40567
Full of mocha, dried fruits, prunes and caramel - a delightful dessert wine.
Food Choice This marries well with cheese, chocolate, and even with classic savoury dishes such as rabbit, hare or venison.
Product code : 40742
Domaine de L'Hortus is one of the standard bearers in Pic Saint Loup - this a polished wine.
Food Choice Good with chicken and seafood.
Product code : 40563