Some great red wines have emerged in Languedoc-Roussillon over the past few years. Both within IGP and AOC wine designations.
Fresh or strong, simple or complex, soft or fleshy… Languedoc-Roussillon produces red wines of all styles. They represent 69% of the regional production. Regardless of their designation category, AOC or IGP, they all have very different characteristics. None of them are alike. They can give off a hint of black fruit (blackberries and blueberries) or even peppery, garrigue (thyme, bay leaf, rock rose) and sweet spices.
With vineyards covering almost 300,000 hectares, the region favours the growing of many grape varieties – Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – all playing their part in the production of southern red wines. So many varieties allow to add character to the wines – offering a vast pallet to bring out treasures of colour, warmth, and elegance. However, the quality is also due to the tannins which blossom during the wine ageing process.
The soil, the Mediterranean climate, and the expertise of the winemakers are major factors in producing quality. And by the end, each wine reflects a peculiar terroir within a mix of varied landscapes.
Across Languedoc-Roussillon, there is a genuine “sea of the vines” – from Nîmes to Perpignan, from the foothills of the Larzac to the shores of the Mediterranean, from the Montpellier sandstone to the rushing Black Mountain rivers. Between all these hills and small valleys and dry stone walls, between the green oak and Aleppo pine trees, the red wines of Languedoc-Roussillon are given their Mediterranean character.
These wines will accompany cold meats, grilled red meats, roast turkey or game perfectly to the table.