Languedoc AOC wines

Key figures. Strategy. Economy. Vineyards.

AOC LANGUEDOC

MAJOR PROJECTS


Xavier de Volontat, President of the CIVL

CATEGORIES

The Languedoc AOC represents the premium wines from the world’s largest vineyard. This is both wonderful opportunity but also a challenge, that of offering professionals and consumers the right products. For this reason, we have decided to structure our range based on three categories: the generic appellation (the Languedoc appellation is the bedrock of the pyramid), the Grands Vins (Languedoc terroirs, forming the heart of the range) and the Crus (the top of the range). Today, we can clearly say that market segmentation has not only brought greatly sought after clarity to our range, but has also acted as a fantastic stimulus for our wine-makers. The last few years have seen the evolution of several of our terroirs, such as the Pic Saint Loup, which was awarded AOC status in 2017 and is henceforth proud member of the Crus du Languedoc club. There is still a lot to do be done however. The Languedoc vineyard must be further structured in order to promote new, high potential terroirs. The IGP should be part of this process, since the diversity of their range is complementary to that of the AOCs.

UPGRADING

We began upgrading the quality of our range some time ago. This remains a top priority for us and the results are starting to show. In France, enormous headway has been made in referencing our wines on high-value circuits: in the restaurant circuit for example, our penetration rate has doubled in less than ten years! The upgrading of our range has also made us more resistant to market fluctuations: in 2016, turnover for Languedoc AOCs continued to grow on France’s retail market, despite a difficult economic context for wine in general! It is on the foreign market, though, that the strategy to upgrade has been the most effective; and this is where the greatest scope for growth lies too. The 2016 Wine Trade Monitor’s survey of foreign professionals points to the fact that over the next two years our regional vineyards will be the fastest growing in the world. This is a great source of pride for the wine-makers and traders within the inter-professional association, and a real encouragement to continue working in this way. The Languedoc is breaking the glass ceiling and many signals show that “this is where it’s happening”.

CRUS DU LANGUEDOC

In Languedoc, 7 Classified Vineyards are recognized. It is only the beginning.

CORBIÈRES-BOUTENAC AOC

Power and delicacy

The appellation covers ten villages around the Pinada, a small mountain at the heart of the Corbières: the terroir is composed mainly of round pebbles. Wines boast a resolutely Mediterranean personality, enjoying hot, dry summers, during which grapes are protected by a North-Easterly wind, locally known as the Cers. Wines (red only) are produced from a minimum of two grape varieties. Carignan noir, one of the key grape varieties of the appellation, must represent between 30 and 50 % of the vines. Warm by nature, Carignan noir brings balance, marked by notes of black fruit, plums and garrigue and develops minerality.

Syndicat général de l’AOC Corbières – 11200 Boutenac
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 27 73 00 –
www.cruboutenac.com

Président David Latham
Directeur Catherine Verneuil
Syndicat Cru Boutenac
Le Château

2 bis chemin de l'allée

F.11200 Boutenac
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 27 73 00
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 27 73 01
http://www.cruboutenac.com
contact@cruboutenac.com

6 600 hl

184 ha

carignan, grenache, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge

Decree of 20 May 2005

LA CLAPE AOC

Île de Grand Vins – AOC du Languedoc’s latest born!

La Clape massif, situated on the outskirts of Narbonne, was long known as insula laci because of its numerous lakes (whose basins can still be seen today), and was still a rugged island 600 years ago. Over the centuries, the alluvial deposits swept along by the rivers rushing down from the Pyrenees eventually connected the island to the mainland. The massif has subsequently been known under it current name, which signifies “heap of pebbles” in the Occitan language. The 6 communes of La Clape were officially recognised by the National Committee of the INAO on 9th June 2015. Here, the white wines are nurtured by moisture from sea breezes and the reds are rich in summer sunshine.

Syndicat AOC La Clape –11102 Narbonne cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 90 38 30 –
www.la-clape.com

Président: 

Christophe Bousquet

Adresse:
6, place des Jacobins BP221, 11 102 Narbonne


26 961 hl

735 ha

Rouge : syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault Blanc : bourboulenc, grenache, clairette, marsanne, roussanne, rolle

Rouge , Blanc

AOC recognised by the INAO since 9th June 2015 (decree pending).

MINERVOIS-LA LIVINIÈRE AOC

Singular and plural

The appellation is located on the foothills of the Black Mountain, on a terroir known locally as the Petit Causse. The terroir covers six villages and boasts a variety of soils including sandstone, shale, limestone, marble and silex, giving the wine a mineral character. In terms of climate, with little rainfall and much sunshine, this is one of the driest parts of France. The evening heat is refreshed by cool breezes blowing off the limestone plateau at night. The vineyards are located at a higher altitude, where berries ripen more slowly, giving elegance and freshness to the wine which is aged for a minimum of thirteen months.

Syndicat AOC Minervois-La Livinière – 11200 Homps
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 27 80 00 –
www.cru-la-liviniere.com

Présidente Isabelle COUSTAL
Directeur Stéphane ROUX
Syndicat du Cru Minervois et Fédération Sud des AOC
35, Quai des Tonneliers - 11 200 HOMPS
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 27 80 00
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 91 70 90
la-livinieres@cru-minervois.com
www.cru-la-liviniere.com

11 000 hl

400 ha

syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, carignan, cinsault, aspiran, piquepoul

Rouge

Decree of 12 February 1999, amended 6 December 2011

PIC SAINT LOUP AOC

The youngest of the Languedoc appellations

The vineyard is located to the North of Montpellier on the Cevennes foothills on clay-limestone and marl-limestone soil and enjoys a dual weather influence; both Mediterranean and continental. The wines produced here are known for their finesse and great freshness, somewhat singular for the area. Red wine is dominant here, produced mainly from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes, and characterized by its depth, smoothness and ageing potential. Rosé wine represents 10 % of total production; wines are seductive thanks to a meticulously tuned, fine, fruity balance.

Syndicat des vignerons du Pic Saint Loup – 34270 Valflaunès
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 55 97 47 –
www.pic-saint-loup.com

Syndicat des Vignerons du Pic Saint Loup 
Le Presbytère - 10, rue de l'Église 34270 Valflaunès
Tél. 04 67 55 97 47
www.pic-saint-loup.com

40 000 hl

1 000 ha

syrah, grenache noir, mourvèdre, carignan noir, cinsault, cournoise, morastel

Rouge , Rosé

Decree of 31 January 2017

Terrasses du Larzac AOC

Freshness and finesse combine in a quest for excellence

Set in the foothills of the Causse du Larzac, the vineyard nestles on the southern and south-eastern slopes of the famous plateau, where it is protected from the north wind. To the east and north, the vines grow in clay and limestone scree as well as on the stony terraces of the Hérault valley. To the west, the glowing colour of the rock known locally as ruffe results in a landscape that is truly unique. It is not uncommon here to see the five varieties of the Languedoc AOC blended together; indeed, this is one of the characteristics that gives the appellation its charm and reputation. The winemakers on this small terroir are in search of qualitative excellence, the new Languedoc style.

Syndicat des Terrasses du Larzac – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 – www.coteaux-languedoc.com


Syndicat de l'AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - CS 30030
34973 LATTES Cedex

Tél : 04 67 06 04 44
Fax : 04 67 58 05 15

www.terrasses-du-larzac.com

Email : contact@languedoc-aoc.com 
Présidente de l'AOC Terrasses du Larzac : Mme Marie Chauffray, contact@lareservedo.fr


8 329 hectolitres (100% rouge)

329 hectares exploités

grenache, mourvèdre, syrah, carignan, cinsault

Rouge

Decree of 17 October 2014

GRANDS VINS DU LANGUEDOC

En Languedoc, on ne naît pas Grand Vin. On le devient.

CABARDÈS AOC

A terroir between the Atlantic and Mediterranean

No fewer than six rivers water this hilly vineyard, a natural amphitheatre that backs onto the Montagne Noire overlooking the town of Carcassonne. Located at the crossroads of two climatic effects - the gentleness of the Atlantic and the warmth of the Mediterranean - it is the only Languedoc appellation that combines Atlantic and Mediterranean grape varieties in equal proportions, resulting in beautiful and unique blends. The soil, which is carpeted with limestone pebbles or strewn with granite, schist or gneiss, stretches into the distance, lending itself to the production of reds and rosés blessed with a certain finesse.

Syndicat AOC Cabardès – BP 4 – 11610 Pennautier
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 24 67 63 – www.aop-cabardes.fr

Président Miren DE LORGERIL
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 24 67 63
www.aop-cabardes.fr 
contact@aop-cabardès.com

19 901 hl

540 ha

cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, cinsault, cot, fer servadou, grenache, merlot, syrah

Rouge , Rosé

Decree of 12 February 1999

AOC CLAIRETTE DU LANGUEDOC

A unique grape

If we go back in time, we can find traces of white Clairette production during the Gallo-Roman period, in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance. Indeed, it even gave rise to an intensive business exporting dry, maderised white wine known as “Picardan”. Today, Clairette du Languedoc AOC wines, produced on the banks of the Hérault in soil consisting of quartz pebbles, flint and limestone, can be sold when they are still young, either dry or sweet. There is also a smaller rancio production. The name of the appellation may also be followed by the wine’s place of origin.

Syndicat de la Clairette du Languedoc – 34230 Adissan
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 25 01 07 –
www.clairette-languedoc.com

Président Pierre NOUGARET
Directeur Jean RENAUD
Cave Coopérative
F.34230 Adissan
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 25 01 07
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 25 37 76
www.clairette-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

4 211 hl

87 ha

clairette blanche

Blanc

Decree of 28 September 1948

CORBIÈRES AOC

The spirit of Corbières wines: genuine, exciting, modern

From the gates of Carcassonne to those of Narbonne, from the Pyrenean foothills to the base of the Black Mountain, Corbières wines are an invitation to a unique journey into Languedoc Aude territory. In the terroirs, with their sheer slopes born of successive geological formations and dry Mediterranean climate, sun-drenched and loaded with history, the vines are tended by passionate wine-growers: today, 1,300 masters of the art create wines whose complexity, freshness, strength and elegance will bedazzle even the most discerning wine-drinker, transforming their preconceived ideas on Languedoc’s biggest appellation. The richness of wines and the multiple grape varieties give the appellation a soul which is just waiting to be discovered…

Syndicat général de l’AOC Corbières – 11200 Boutenac
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 27 73 00 –
www.20decorbieres.com

Syndicat de l'AOC Corbières
2 bis chemin de l'allée -
BP 1 F.11200 Boutenac
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 27 73 00
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 27 73 01
www.20decorbieres.com
info@aoc-corbieres.com

400 000 hl

10 000 ha

Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Piquepoul, Cinsault, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussane, Vermentino A minimum of 2 grape varieties required. The main variety must represent between 40 and 80 % of the blend.

Rouge , Rosé , Blanc

Decree of 24 December 1985, amended 6 December 2011

FAUGÈRES AOC

10 Power and delicacy The “Nature Schiste” appellation

20 km to the North of Béziers, nestling in the wild valleys around Mounts Espinouse and Caroux, the Faugères vineyard is located in a delightful setting: at the heart of seven villages and hamlets with around 2,000 hectares of vineyards embedded in a landscape of green oak, chestnut trees, arbutus and cistus. Cru Faugères is found on a terroir which is unique in the Languedoc with exceptional soil: yellow, orangey, ochre and, lower down, the most beautiful blue tones. The shale soil helps the vineyard to resist the intense Mediterranean summer heat and participates in the production of high quality wines, a third of which are organic.

Syndicat AOC Faugères – 34600 Faugères
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 23 47 42 –
www.faugeres.com

Présidente Nathalie CAUMETTE
4, rue de la Poste
F.34600 Faugères
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 23 47 42
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 23 43 07
www.faugeres.com
contact.odg@faugeres.com

62 000 hl

1 900 ha

syrah, grenache noir, carignan noir, mourvèdre, cinsault, lledoner pelut, roussanne, marsanne, vermentino, grenache blanc, viognier, clairette

Rouge , Rosé , Blanc

Red: Decree of 5 May 1982, amended 6 December 2011 White: Decree of 23 February 2005, amended 6 December 2011

FITOU AOC

Terroir of elegance

Fitou is the Languedoc’s oldest red AOC. The vineyard is located in two distinct sites: one on the edge of the Mediterranean, the other at the heart of the Corbières hills. On the maritime front, the landscape is composed of a series of small hills prolonged by a long stony plain, terminating in lagoons to the East and overhung by the Leucate plateau peninsula. Inland, the landscape is composed of small lakes around closed, narrow valleys, dominated by sharp slopes. The diversity of the appellation’s 22 soil types produces wines with fine complexity. Today’s Fitou is revisited in a refined, silky style: a culture founded on hard work, passion and a keen taste for innovation have given the terroir its hallmark of elegance.

Syndicat de l’AOC Fitou – 11480 La Palme
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 40 42 70 –
www.fitouaoc.com

Président : Jean DAURAT - FORT
RD 6009 - Les Cabanes
F.11480 La Palme
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 40 42 70
www.fitouaoc.com
contact@fitouaoc.com

68 000 hl

2 200 ha

carignan, grenache noir, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge

Decree of 28 August 1948, amended 25 October 2011.

LANGUEDOC AOC – CABRIÈRES

Rosé by nature, red by inclination

For over half a century, rosés and Cinsault have been the hallmark of this arid land impregnated with schist, whose different shades of brown, ochre and gold add colour to the steep hillsides. The appellation also uses Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, the wide range of grapes required for producing full-bodied, powerful red wines. The terroir sits in seclusion to the south of Salagou, likening itself to an island vineyard. Nestled on the rugged slopes of the peak of Vissou, the land is shared with a flora scented with herbs of the garrigue, thyme, juniper and evergreen oak, whilst the fauna includes rare species such as ravens and bluebirds.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 – www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Syndicat de défense de l’AOC Languedoc-Cabrières
Mas de Saporta, CS 30 030 - 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44- Fax + 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.cabrieres-en-languedoc.com

7 685 hl

192 ha

Rouge : syrah, grenache, carignan, cinsault, mourvèdre, morrastel Rosé : cinsault, grenache, syrah, carignan et cépages blancs

Rouge , Rosé

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – GRÉS DE MONTPELLIER

A terroir on the threshold of Montpellier

The terroir for this appellation includes vineyards in and around the Montpellier region, and stretches from west to east from the middle of the Hérault valley to the Vidourle, and from Pic Saint-Loup to the sea from north to south. Protected from the weather from the north by the Montagne Noire and the Cévennes, this is one of the hottest and driest vineyards of the old Coteaux du Languedoc. The word “grés” means “dry and stony soil” in the Occitan language. This dry climate, however, is balanced in summer by moisture-bearing sea breezes that encourage the grapes to ripen early and results in a fine balance of wines.

Syndicat des Grés de Montpellier – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.gres-de-montpellier.com

Syndicat de l'AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - CS 30030
34973 LATTES Cedex
Tel : 04 67 06 04 44
Fax : 04 67 58 05 15
Email : info@coteaux-languedoc.com
Président du Syndicat de l'AOC Grés de Montpellier : Mr Olivier Durand

7 090 hl

201 ha

carignan, grenache, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2003)

LANGUEDOC AOC – LA MÉJANELLE

A terraced vineyard

The Cartulaire de Maguelone was mentioning vineyards owned by the bishops in the region of Méjanelle as far back as the Middle Ages! Their wines were meaty, bold and concentrated, with aromas that combined smoke with spices and ripe fruits. Today the vineyard, woven into the outskirts of the capital of Languedoc, is often counted as one of the “follies” of Montpellier, those large estates with beautiful architecture that were erected in the countryside around Montpellier between 1685 and 1771. The vines mature early and enjoy a climate tempered by the influence of the sea and a red clay soil that favours deep rooting.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 – www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat des vins de l'AOC Languedoc

Maison des vins du Languedoc

Mas de Saporta - CS 30030

34973 Lattes Cedex


Tél. : 04 67 06 04 44

 

Mail : contact@languedoc-aoc.com

1 253 hl

33 ha

carignan noir, cinsault noir, grenache noir, morrastel noir, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge , Rosé

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2003)

LANGUEDOC AOC – MONTPEYROUX

A terroir dominated by the wind

This historic terroir is set against the southern foothills of the Larzac and the mountains of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, with Mt Saint-Baudille bordering the land to the north. The area enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is distinguished by its swirling winds: these circulating currents have a positive side, as they ensure the good health of the grapes. Montpeyroux is a linear settlement, which makes it unique in Languedoc: it is a transit corridor that has served as a Roman road, mule trail, royal road and salt route. It is the winegrowers who have forged the village’s identity, which is boosted by its red wines with their well-established reputation.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat des Vignerons de Montpeyroux
5, place François Villon - 34150 Montpeyroux
Tél. +33 (0)4 67 96 61 08
www.montpeyroux-en-languedoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta, CS 30 030 - 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. +33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 - Fax +33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
Email : info@coteaux-languedoc.com

9 130 hl

239 ha

syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault

Rouge , Rosé

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – PÉZENAS

Molière country

Winegrowing in this region is an ancient tradition. Situated on the right back of the river Hérault, the vineyard is characterised by the great diversity of its soil: terraces consisting of quaternary pebbles from the river, clay or calcareous clay, together with areas of schist to the west. The originality of Pézenas lies in the basalt lava that formed at least a million years ago, which, when mixed with other soil formations, gives the terroir and landscape its particularly distinctive flavour.

Syndicat du terroir Pézenas – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.pezenasenlanguedoc.com

Syndicat de l'AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - CS 30030
34973 LATTES Cedex

Tél : 04 67 06 04 44
Fax : 04 67 58 05 15
www.pezenas-languedoc-aoc.com
Email : info@coteaux-languedoc.com
Président du Syndicat des vignerons de Pézénas : Mr Bilhac Jacques


6 127 hl

177 ha

syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, lledoner pelut, carignan, cinsault

Rouge

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2007)

LANGUEDOC AOC – QUATOURZE

The vineyard of the Narbonne region

The Quatourze vineyard on the edge of Narbonne is one of the Languedoc’s oldest. The land consists of white quartz and hard sandstone pebbles that the river Aude (once known as the Atax) has deposited over the millennia as it has swept down fluvial materials from the nearby Corbières and Pyrenees. The vineyard is a real terrace that slopes down towards the Bages lagoon, combining all the conditions required – sunshine, wind and a sea breeze – for a truly great wine… which is exactly what it is!

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

1 236 hl

29 ha

carignan noir, cinsault, grenache noir, lledoner pelut, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – SAINT-CHRISTOL

The vineyard of the Hospitallers

This terroir, which centres on the village of Saint-Christol, was first cultivated by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem. There is no doubting that the climate, which is highly suitable for growing vines, encourages an abundance of wines, often with a spicy character. The vineyard, which occupies undulating terrain, has its roots in a soil derived from tertiary and quaternary formations. Grenache always forms part of these bright wines with their intense colour and beautiful hints of black pepper and candied fruit; full-bodied, they have great ageing potential.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 – www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

5 849 hl

145 ha

carignan noir, cinsault, counoise, grenache noir, morrastel noir, mourvèdre, piquepoul, syrah

Rouge , Rosé

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – SAINT-DRÉZÉRY

A vineyard between Montpellier and Nîmes

This historic vineyard produces excellent red wines that are widely acclaimed and appreciated. Situated 25 kilometres from Montpellier, the vines are grown on soil composed mainly of limestone rocks. The region has an annual rainfall of 750 millimetres, and enjoys a moderate maritime climate influenced by northern and north-westerly winds. Syrah and Mourvèdre form the basis of the varietals, always associated with the Grenache grape. The red wines are full-bodied, with hints of black berries, liquorice and spices; they are concentrated, and are sold after a minimum of almost a year’s maturing.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

1 558 hl

43 ha

syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault

Rouge

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – SAINT-GEORGES-D’ORQUES

The jewel of Montpellier

The wines produced here, just five kilometres to the west of Montpellier, have enjoyed renown since the Middle Ages! Their fame even spread beyond the borders of the Kingdom of France in the early 17th century. Thomas Jefferson, who discovered the wines in 1787, sang their praises, and connoisseurs universally describe their smooth and refined characteristics. Nature has indeed blessed the vineyard: consisting of limestone gravel, marlstone, flint and ferric oxide, it cannot help but lend its supremacy to the vines. The provenance of the grapes, their location and exposure on the hillside means that a Grenache or Mourvèdre expresses its character in many different ways.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

4 558 hl

115 ha

syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault

Rouge

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – SAINT-SATURNIN

Historic terroir

The vineyard is located in the lower foothills of the Larzac, 40 kilometres from Montpellier, and is overlooked by the rock known as the Rocher des Deux-Vierges. It enjoys a warm climate and is sheltered from the wind. Legend has it that the vineyard was founded by a companion of St. Benoît d’Anian in the 8th century. What we know for sure is that the vineyard enjoys an unparalleled position that produces red wines with such specific characteristics that the growers have embarked on the process of having the reds officially recognised as a cru communal with INAO (a process that is due to be completed in 2020).

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-aoc.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

9 546 hl

213 ha

syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault

Rouge , Rosé

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LANGUEDOC AOC – SOMMIÈRES

From the other side of the river Vidourle

It was its position as a trading crossroads that made Sommières its fortune until the 19th century. Subsequently it is the wine business that has driven the region’s economy. Backing onto the foothills of the Cévennes, and subject to the influence of the Mistral wind, this AOC vineyard shares the land with olive trees, garrigue and truffle oaks. The grapes, which are based on Syrah and Grenache, produce vins de garde that are pleasantly strong. The kings of France and Aragon, together with the Avignon popes and the princes and lords of Languedoc and Provence, were not mistaken in serving these wines to their guests.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc-Sommières – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-wines.com

Syndicat AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

691 hl

27 ha

syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault

Rouge

Languedoc AOC denomination with specific production rules (Decree amended in 2011)

LIMOUX AOC (STILL WINES)

Reds and whites known for their excellence

In addition to its sparkling wines, the Limoux AOC also produces excellent reds and whites. The renowned whites, which are vinified and aged in oak casks, work wonders when served with very delicate fish or white meat dishes as well as with different types of cheese (Saint-Félicien, Saint-Marcellin, Munster, époisses, etc.). They are derived from Chardonnay, Chenin and Mauzac grapes, either individually or blended. For a red wine to carry the Limoux Rouge label (besides the Merlot), it must contain at least two additional varieties, including Côt and / or Syrah and / or Grenache, and possibly Cabernet Franc and / or Cabernet Sauvignon. These make a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, gentle casseroles and Limoux fricassee.

Syndicat du cru Limoux – 11300 Limoux
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 31 12 83 –
www.limoux-aoc.com

Président Jean FAU
Directeur Richard PLANAS
20, avenue du Pont de France
F.11300 Limoux
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 31 12 83
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 31 03 06
www.limoux-aoc.com
syndicat@limoux-aoc.com

14 307 hl

316 ha

cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, chenin, côt, grenache, mauzac, merlot, syrah

Rouge , Blanc

First Decree for the Limoux Blanc appellation in 1959. Second Decree with the introduction of the Chardonnay and Chenin in 1993. Limoux Rouge appellation recognised in 2004.

LIMOUX AOC (SPARKLING WINES)

A bubbly terroir

Located at the foot of the Pyrenean mountains, the appellation’s best known wines are Blanquette and Crémant. The AOC Limoux terroir offers a full range of sparkling wines, characterized by fine bubbles with a Southern nose, aromas of flowers and acacia, which combine Languedoc sun with Pyrenean freshness. The appellation is organised in 4 terroirs, each with its own special character: Autan, Mediterranean, Oceanique and Haute Vallée. This is the world’s most ancient sparkling wine (the first authentic written records date back to 1544). Its appellations of origin started in 1929 with the recognition of AOC Blanquette de Limoux (mainly Mauzac), and Blanquette de Limoux Méthode Ancestrale (100 % Mauzac). In 1990, the Crémant de Limoux, produced from Chardonnay, Chenin and Mauzac and/or Pinot noir, completed the range of sparkling Limoux AOC’s.

Syndicat du cru Limoux – 11300 Limoux
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 31 12 83 –
www.limoux-aoc.com

Président Jean FAU
Directeur Richard PLANAS
20, avenue du Pont de France
F.11300 Limoux
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 31 12 83
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 31 03 06
www.limoux-aoc.com
syndicat@limoux-aoc.com

Blanquette de Limoux: Mauzac (90% minimum), Chenin and / or Chardonnay Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale: 100% Mauzac Crémant de Limoux: Chardonnay (50% minimum), Chenin (between 10 and 40%), Chardonnay and Chenin (90% maximum). Ancillary grape varieties: Mau

1 484 ha

First Decree for Blanquette de Limoux and Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale AOCs in 1938. First Decree for Crémant de Limoux AOC in 1990

Premier décret des AOC Blanquette de Limoux et Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale en 1938. Premier décret de l’AOC Crémant de Limoux en 1990

MALEPÈRE AOC

The most westerly of Languedoc’s appellations

Bordered to the north by the Canal du Midi and to the east by the river Aude, Malepère is the most westerly of the Languedoc appellations. The vineyard extends around the perimeter of the wooded Malepère mountain range from the outskirts of Carcassonne as far as Limoux and on to Lauragais. A mixture of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences gives rise to a transitional climate with unusual features governed by the altitude, exposure and position on an east-west gradient. This is reflected in in the presence of wild plants with both Mediterranean and Atlantic affinities; the grape varieties are also mixed.

Maison des terroirs – Domaine de Cazes – 11240 Alaigne
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 69 95 10 –
www.vins-malepere.com

Président Gilles FOUSSAT
Maison des Terroirs
Domaine de Cazes
F.11240 Alaigne
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 69 95 10
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 69 95 11
www.vins-malepere.com
crumalepere@wanadoo.fr

8 975 hl

204 ha

merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, cinsault, côt

Rouge , Rosé

Decree of 2 May 2007

MINERVOIS AOC

Fine wine made finer by the wind

Located on the low foothills of the Black Mountain, the vineyard has the same natural charm as the landscapes of Tuscany. A vast South-facing amphitheatre, stretching over fifty kilometres from East to West and thirty kilometres from North to South, with a progressively changing climate; from Oceanic influences to typically Mediterranean weather conditions. The altitude goes from 50 metres besides the Canal du Midi up to 500 metres on the first foothills of the mountains. Climatic variability is accentuated by prevailing winds, locally known as Cers and Marin, and is coupled with the diversity of soils which characterize the terroirs and wines, which are known as wines of the air.

Syndicat AOC Minervois – 11200 Homps
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 68 27 80 00 –
www.leminervois.com

Président Philippe Coste
Directeur Stéphane Roux
35 quai des Tonneliers
F.11200 HOMPS
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 27 80 02
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 27 70 90
www.leminervois.com
minervois@cru-minervois.com

140 000 hl

3 400 ha

syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, carignan, cinsault, aspiran, piquepoul et terret. bourboulenc, grenache blanc, maccabeu, marsanne, roussanne, vermentino

Rouge , Rosé , Blanc

Decree of 15 February 1985, amended 14 November 2011

PICPOUL DE PINET AOP

The sea is its terroir

The appellation overlooks the Thau lagoon and its oyster shacks. Winegrowing in the region is centuries old, and some parcels of land have retained the same size and orientation since antiquity. Piquepoul de Pinet wine is now made from a single grape: Picpoul Blanc. Its floral and citrus fragrances, together with its liveliness on the palate, mean it is the ideal companion for complementing shellfish and oysters from Bouzigues. Picpoul de Pinet, which accounts for 61% of the region’s still white wines, is today the appellation with the largest output and is the most famous white wine from Languedoc-Roussillon.

Syndicat de défense du Picpoul de Pinet – 34850 Pinet
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 77 03 10 –
www.picpoul-de-pinet.com

Syndicat de l’AOP Picpoul de Pinet
1 avenue du Picpoul - 34 850 Pinet
Tél. + 3 3 (0)4 67 7 7 03 10
Fax + 3 3 (0)4 67 7 7 76 23
Président : Guy Bascou
www.picpoul-de-pinet.com

82 050 hl

1 348 ha

piquepoul blanc

Blanc

Decree of 14 February 2013

SAINT-CHINIAN AOC

Altogether excellent

Located to the North-West of Béziers, in the regional National Park of the Haut-Languedoc, the vineyard is protected by Mounts Caroux and Espinouse. The microclimate provides ideal conditions for the vineyards to thrive amidst mimosas and orange trees. The Northern part, on marl soil, produces fine wines with grilled, spicy aromas. To the South, the clay-limestone soil produces wines which are elegant, rich and fruity, with garrigue aromas.

Syndicat du cru Saint-Chinian – 34360 Saint-Chinian
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 38 11 69 –
www.saint-chinian.com

Président Roger MARTIN
Directrice Nelly BELOT
1, Avenue de la Promenade
F.34360 Saint-Chinian
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 38 11 69
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 38 16 33
www.saint-chinian.com
saint-chinian@wanadoo.fr

105 000 hl

2 900 ha

bourboulenc, carignan blanc, carignan noir, cinsault, clairette blanche, grenache blanc, grenache noir, lledoner pelut, maccabeu, marsanne, mourvèdre, roussanne, syrah, vermentino, viognier

Rouge , Rosé , Blanc

Decree of 5 May 1982 for the red and rosé. Decree of 4 February 2005 for the white.

SAINT-CHINIAN BERLOU AOC

A south-facing vineyard

The Saint-Chinian AOC in the Hauts Cantons of the Hérault embarked on the independent identification of its best terroirs twenty years ago. These included Berlou, a land of schist soil, which was recognised as a cru in 2005. Located at a height of between 150 and 400 metres, the appellation is planted with south-facing vines that are over ten years old. The fine wines that are produced here, with their hint of roasted coffee and silky tannins, are now part of the AOC Languedoc family.

Syndicat du cru Saint-Chinian – 34360 Saint-Chinian
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 38 11 69 –
www.saint-chinian.com

Président: Henri Miquel

Syndicat AOC Saint-Chinian

1 avenue Charles Trenet

34360 Saint-Chinian

Tél: 04 67 38 11 69  Fax: 04 67 38 16 33

mail: saint-chinian@wanadoo.fr

site: www.saint-chinian.com

1 200 hl

61 ha

carignan noir, grenache noir, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge

Decree of 4 February 2005

SAINT-CHINIAN ROQUEBRUN AOC

The schist of Saint-Chinian

Twenty years ago, the Saint-Chinian AOC in the Hauts Cantons of Hérault embarked on the independent identification of its best terroirs, including Roquebrun. The vineyard is composed of vines which are a minimum of five years of age, and which thrive happily on the mainly shale soil. This terroir, which is now part of the AOC Languedoc family, produces well-rounded wines with strong and complex aromas, with hints of spice and tannins full of finesse that burst on the palate.

Syndicat du cru Saint-Chinian – 34360 Saint-Chinian
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 38 11 69 –
www.saint-chinian.com

Président: Henri Miquel

Syndicat AOC Saint-Chinian

1 avenue Charles Trenet

34360 SAINT-CHINIAN

Tél 04 67 38 11 69   Fax: 04 67 38 16 33

mail: saint-chinian@wanadoo.fr

site: www.saint-chinian.com

5 500 hl

160 ha

carignan noir, grenache noir, mourvèdre, syrah

Rouge

Decree of 4 February 2005

LANGUEDOC AOC

AOC Languedoc, a soil expresses himself. Everybody is unanimous.

LANGUEDOC AOC

The Languedoc AOC flagship appellation

The Languedoc AOC results from the extension of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, which was recognised as an AOC in 1985. The terroir occupies a restricted designated area that runs from the Spanish border to the outskirts of Nîmes. This often hilly terrain consists mainly of limestone soil, schist and volcanic soil, as well as terraces dating from the Villafranchian age, all in a landscape dominated by garrigue. It includes all the AOC vineyards in the Languedoc. In concrete terms, the grapes must come from a defined geographical area; the vineyard must observe the details of the production specifications; and the wine must be made from at least two varieties of grape. The Languedoc AOC, which was amended on 30 April 2007 to provide greater clarity for consumers, has become of crucial importance for boosting the sector.

Syndicat AOC Languedoc – 34973 Lattes Cedex
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44 –
www.languedoc-aoc.com

Président Jean-Benoît CAVALIER
Mas de Saporta - BP 9
F.34 970 MAURIN LATTES
Tél. 33 (0)4 67 06 04 44
Fax. 33 (0)4 67 58 05 15
www.coteaux-languedoc.com
info@coteaux-languedoc.com

232 164 hl

43 300 ha* <small>* Superficie potentielle totale de l’AOC Languedoc</small>

syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, carignan et cinsault. grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc, piquepoul, roussanne, marsanne et rolle

Rouge , Rosé , Blanc

Decree of 30 April 2007, amending the Decree of 24 December 1985

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