France - Languedoc-Roussillon

The wines of this region are improving all the time, thanks to reducing permitted yields and an increase in the number of grape varieties grown.

Languedoc is a great value wine region, producing significant volume (a quarter of all French vines cultivated). Vines were planted as early as 125 BC, and the great majority are planted on flat, low-lying alluvial plains. Carignan is the third most planted variety after Syrah and Grenache. Carbonic maceration is often used, but the use of traditional vinification techniques is increasing.

Roussillon has a distinct geographical identity; viticulture was probably introduced via the Greek establishment of Marseilles in the 7th century BC and developed by the Romans.

Featured Growers

Banyuls Grand Cru

By Cave Banyuls l'Etoile
Banyuls-sur-Mer, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Carignan 15%, Grenache/Garnacha 85%

Round and well balanced, this Grand Cru has a very interesting copper colour with hints of tobacco. The smell is rich and delicately spicy with aromas of crystallized fruits and honey in the mouth. The combinations are many, you can drink chilled as an aperitif or with meat dishes cooked with red berries. It is also ideal with cheeses.

Aging potential 25 years.

Château Millegrand Minervois

By Château Millegrand
Capestang, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Syrah/Shiraz 20%, Carignan 30%, Grenache/Garnacha 50%

This deeply coloured barrel aged Languedoc blend is perfumed with dark cherries, black pepper and vanilla spice. Hints of wild herbs and minerals add to a rich palate of dense dark fruits and subtle oak. It is medium bodied yet well structured with a good backbone of fine tannins and restrained acidity providing an excellent, long finish.

Made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, this lush, oak-aged red offers intense forest fruits with notes of black pepper and spice. Serve with rare roast beef, lamb, a game casserole or duck.

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