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

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

Grenache/Garnacha 85%, Carignan 15%

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.

ABV 17.0%

Chateau Millegrand Cuvée Aurore

Château Millegrand
Capestang, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

This wine has a beautifully intense and deep red colour. At first, the nose offers small very ripe red and black fruits, followed by more complex menthol and peppery notes.

The palate is full-bodied, harmonious and fruity with fine, silky tannins.

Excellent with lamb cutlets, grilled duck breast, sirloin steak and mature cheeses.

ABV 14.0%

Château Millegrand Minervois

Château Millegrand
Capestang, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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

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.

ABV 13.0%

Domaine de Cibadies Pinot Noir

Domaine de Cibadies
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Pinot Noir 100%

Slightly spicy on the nose with hints of strawberry and blueberry. Round and concentrated in the mouth with lots of ripe fruit flavours coming through. A good balance of pleasant sweetness and integrated oak.

ABV 13.5%

La Réserve de Rafègue Chardonnay

La Réserve de Rafègue
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Chardonnay 100%

Lovely clear yellow in colour with brilliant glints. Powerful nose with intense aromas of acacia flowers and white fleshed fruits. Smooth and full on the palate with notes of citrus fruits, melon and white fruits and superb balance between freshness, smoothness and richness. Enjoy as an aperitif, with seafood tapas, grilled fish, fish in creamy sauce and with cheese–especially goat’s cheese.

ABV 13.0%

La Réserve de Rafègue Sauvignon

La Réserve de Rafègue
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Brilliant light gold in colour, with powerful and intense aromas of boxwood, citrus fruits (grapefruit) andexotic fruits. Smooth on the palate with good vivacity developing an agreeable aromatic intensity. Perfect for an aperitif, or with white meat or fish dishes, oysters and goat’s cheese.

ABV 12.0%

La Réserve de Rafègue Cabernet Sauvignon

La Réserve de Rafègue
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

A beautiful deep red colour with a hint of blue. The nose is powerful with notes of black fruit and spices with a dash of vanilla and cloves. At the start, the mouth is rich and velvety. The intense concentration is carefully balanced by the freshness and the delicacy of the tannins. Enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon as an aperitive, with duck and olives or with a lamb curry.

ABV 13.0%

La Réserve de Rafègue Merlot

La Réserve de Rafègue
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Merlot 100%

Intense aromas of small ripe red and black fruits (raspberries, blackcurrant and blackberries) on the nose developing notes of cherry jam. The palate is full, smooth with good fruit characters, fine silky tannins and an elegant finish. Ideal with ham, grilled meats or casseroles and mature cheeses.

ABV 13.0%

Lumiere de Garrigue

Les Costières de Pomérols
Pomérols, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Picpoul 100%

The colour is a superb pale yellow with bright hues. An elegant nose with aromas of fresh fruit and citrus, especially Grapefruit. The balance is zesty and harmonious with great varietal expression.

ABV 13.0%

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