Languedoc Wine

  • Crémant de Limoux Brut Cuvée Selection

    Crémant de Limoux Brut Cuvée Selection

    Philippe Collin, the son of a Champenois, makes this bottle-fermented sparkling wine from 'Champagne grapes' Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in the Limoux region. The fine mousse and clean finish of this excellent Crémant de Limoux belie its Seventies label and humble price tag.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2010

    Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2010

    Unmistakably a Mediterranean red, this rich, hedonistic blend of Syrah & Grenache from the Herault was rated 'outstanding' by Decanter magazine and is an ideal match for simple, hearty cuisine.

    • Bottle £13.50
    • Bottle Case £162.00
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  • Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Blanc 2011

    Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Blanc 2011

    An admirable Costières de Nîmes blanc from the Moliniers. A delicate wild flower bouquet and mid-weight orchard fruit palate with subtle notes of white pepper and minerals. It is refreshingly un-oaked.

    • Bottle £11.50
    • Bottle Case £138.00
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  • Faugères: Château des Estanilles L'Impertinent Rouge 2012

    Faugères: Château des Estanilles L'Impertinent Rouge 2012

    A spicy, mid-weight Faugères red wine comprised of Syrah, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Food-wise, bavette frîtes, confit du canard or a fricassee of wild mushrooms would be ideal.

    • Bottle £13.75
    • Bottle Case £165.00
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  • Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière l’Arbouse 2012

    Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière l’Arbouse 2012

    This organic Syrah / Grenache Noir blend has enjoyed the honour of being selected as a wine to accompany the table d’hôte menu by head sommelier David Galetti, at Le Gavroche, which is testament to both its value and versatility. A real winner with hearty daubes and casseroles.

    • Bottle £13.50
    • Bottle Case £162.00
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  • Minervois: Domaine le Cazal Le Pas de Zarat 2011

    Minervois: Domaine le Cazal Le Pas de Zarat 2011

    'Le Pas de Zarat’ is the Domaine's special cuvée, produced only when favourable conditions prevail, and in limited volumes. Made from a blend of Carignan, Grenache Noir and Syrah, it is packed with dark garrigue fruit scents and tastes with wonderful spicy undertones and pitchy tannins.

    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
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  • Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre 'Tradition' 2013

    Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre 'Tradition' 2013

    Hugues and Roland’s 'Domaine Les Filles de Septembre' Cuvée Tradition has rapidly gained a loyal following and is now one of our top-selling wines. It has a joyful summer berry bouquet and juicy palate of youthful, red fruit, with bright peppery undertones over a background of supple, ripe tannins. Think Bordeaux meets the Languedoc.

    • Bottle £9.75
    • Bottle Case £117.00
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  • Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2013

    Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2013

    This alluring and tangy Picpoul de Pinet is made just north of the Bassin de Thau, a large salt water lagoon near Montpellier in the Languedoc. It makes a bracing aperitif, but a bottle of Picpoul and a bucket of oysters? Food and wine matching doesn't get much simpler or better than that.

    • Bottle £10.25
    • Bottle Case £123.00
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  • Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Rouge 2012

    Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Rouge 2012

    The red Costières de Nîmes wine from Château Roubaud is made from a blend of 30% each of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan along with 10% Cinsault. Bursting with ripe garrigue fruit over earthy tannins and scrubland scents, this crowd-pleasing, chest-thumping red is the perfect foil for robust, rustic dishes – cassoulet or pot au feu spring to mind.

    • Bottle £11.50
    • Bottle Case £138.00
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  • Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière 2011

    Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière La Grenadière 2011

    A densely structured wine with complex Autumnal fruit flavours supported by rugged tannins with spicy undertones.

    • Bottle £19.50
    • Bottle Case £234.00
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  • Coteaux du Languedoc: Mas Bruguière Les Mûriers 2012

    Coteaux du Languedoc: Mas Bruguière Les Mûriers 2012

    A dry white wine that displays appealing wild flower scents and a savoury, mid-weight palate of white orchard fruit with subtle hints of pine resin and thyme and an elegant dry finish.

    • Bottle £11.50
    • Bottle Case £138.00
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  • Vin de Pays Duché d'Uzès: Domaine Camp Galhan 'Les Pérassières' 2012

    Vin de Pays Duché d'Uzès: Domaine Camp Galhan 'Les Pérassières' 2012

    A proper chest-thumping, heart-warming country red with swags of herb-infused garrigue berry flavours over a structure of earthy tannins. Made from a traditional blend of Grenache Noir and Syrah, it's a fine accompaniment to a 'poulet fermier' served with wild mushrooms.

    • Bottle £10.25
    • Bottle Case £123.00
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  • Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Rosé 2013

    Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Rosé 2013

    A deep coloured rosé wine with ample red berry fruit aromas that give way to a soft, fruity palate prior to a long, dry finish.

    • Bottle £11.50
    • Bottle Case £138.00
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  • Faugères: Château des Estanilles L'Impertinent Blanc 2013

    Faugères: Château des Estanilles L'Impertinent Blanc 2013

    Faugères Blanc - an appealing bouquet of white stone fruit and a supple, mid-weight palate of mirabelles and white currants with subtle herb and mineral undertones.

    • Bottle £13.75
    • Bottle Case £165.00
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  • Domaine Py: Corbières Blanc '3ème Cuvée' 2012

    Domaine Py: Corbières Blanc '3ème Cuvée' 2012

    A pale straw colour, appealing wild flower scents and a lovely, mid-weight, citrus-edged palate underscored by a nervy minerality.

    • Bottle £10.75
    • Bottle Case £129.00
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  • Domaine Py: Corbières Rouge 'Cuvée Mondière' 2012

    Domaine Py: Corbières Rouge 'Cuvée Mondière' 2012

    A lovely bouquet of briary, hedgerow berries and a sleek, juicy palate with lots of ripe black fruit flavours over a background of supple tannins.

    • Bottle £10.25
    • Bottle Case £123.00
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  • Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre Rosé 2013

    Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre Rosé 2013

    The Thongue red is a Yapp bestseller, so we were delighted so discover that their coral-pink rosé in the 2013 vintage ticks all the required boxes – zesty, dry, refreshing and great value.

    • Bottle £10.75
    • Bottle Case £129.00
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  • Vin de Pays Duché d'Uzès: Domaine Camp Galhan 'Amanlie' 2012

    Vin de Pays Duché d'Uzès: Domaine Camp Galhan 'Amanlie' 2012

    This peachy blend of typical Rhône varietals (Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache) grown on the edge of the Cévennes, stands head and shoulders above most Languedoc whites.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal Tradition 2013

    Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal Tradition 2013

    A long-time quest for a great value Minervois came to fruition with this cracking little red wine from Domaine Le Cazal. It is a traditional un-oaked wine with fine garrigue aromas and a spicy mid-weight palate of dark berry fruit offset by supple tannins.

    • Bottle £10.25
    • Bottle Case £123.00
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  • Saint-Chinian 'Cuvée Magali': Château Milhau-Lacugue 2012

    Saint-Chinian 'Cuvée Magali': Château Milhau-Lacugue 2012

    If one were looking for a wine that exemplifies how the Languedoc offers terrific quality at modest prices this would silence any sceptics! Blended from Southern staples Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault, it has a fresh, lip-smacking finish that guarantees you'll want to take another sip.

    • Bottle £10.25
    • Bottle Case £123.00
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  • Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière l’Arbouse 2013

    Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière l’Arbouse 2013

    The Pic Saint-Loup Mas Bruguière 'l’Arbouse' is a rich, compelling red wine with a wealth of wild garrigue herb and berry scents and a lovely, pitchy palate of black fruit and fine-grained tannins.

    • Half Bottle £8.25
    • Half Bottle Case £198.00
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  • Coteaux du Languedoc: Mas Bruguière Les Mûriers 2013

    Coteaux du Languedoc: Mas Bruguière Les Mûriers 2013

    A dry white Languedoc wine that displays appealing wild flower scents and a savoury, mid-weight palate of white orchard fruit with subtle hints of pine resin and thyme and an elegant dry finish.

    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
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Languedoc wines

Languedoc Wine

Languedoc takes its name from the language that was spoken, Oc, and compromises the départments of Gard, Hérault and Aude. The wine region of the Languedoc sweeps in a 200km arc from the mysterious wetlands of the Camargue to the hills of Corbières, north of Perpignan, extending further west as far as the medieval citadel of Carcassonne. Generalisations are difficult for what is the single largest wine region in the world – 300,000 hectares incorporating 30,000 winemakers most of whom supply vin ordinaire to over 300 co-operatives. However, affordable land and relatively broad appellation rules have allowed many young, enigmatic and adventurous vignerons to make their mark in exciting regions such as Pic St Loup, Faugères, Thongue and the Limoux.

Quick & Easy Guide to the wines of the Languedoc

Impress your friends with your mastery of the Langue d’Oc

Overview:
This diverse, sun-kissed region, which stretches for 100 miles west from the Camargue along the coastal plains of the Mediterranean, has seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and survived invasions by Saracens and Barbarians. It has long been France’s most prolific vine area and still accounts for 1 in 10 bottles of wine in the world but, in the 21st Century, a new wave of vignerons independents are squarely putting the focus on quality rather than quantity. The Languedoc is one of the most exciting and best-value hunting grounds for wine enthusiasts and the UK is the second largest export market for the wines, after Germany.

Area Under Vine:
150,000 hectares under vine extending across three départements – the Gard, Aude & Hérault. 40,000 hectares are AOC, the largest of which is Corbières (13,500)

Key AOCs:
Faugères, St Chinian, Minervois, Pic Saint Loup, Corbières, Picpoul de Pinet, Corbières, Fitou, Limoux

Principal grapes:
Carignan, although volumes are declining in favour of officially approved cépages améliorateurs, such as Grenache and Syrah. New plantings of fashionable Vin de Pays (now I.G.P.) varieties, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Don’t overlook local specialities like Picpoul de Pinet and Mauzac.

Notable domaines:
Mas Bruguière, Hortus, Château Estanilles, Thierry Navarre, Leon Barral, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Grange des Pères, Puech-Haut.

Local delicacies:
Brandade de Morue (salted cod with potatoes), Petits Pâtes de Pézenas (savoury spiced mince pies), Toulouse sausages, Pélardon and Roquefort cheeses, Boles de Picolat (pork and mince meatballs with garlic and parsley) and l’agneau sous la mère (milk and grass fed lamb).

Restaurants we like:
La Table de Julien (Montaren-et-Saint-Médiers), Le Bec à Vin (Uzès), Le Cep d’Or (Béziers), Le Vieux Four (Montpellier).

Famous people from the region:
Jean Jaurès (19th century labour activist), Jean Moulin (Resistance hero), Pierre-Paul Riquet (architect and creator of the Canal du Midi), Didier Auriol (1994 World Rally Champion), Jean Magrou (sculptor), Olivia Ruiz (née Blanc - pop singer), Charles Trenet (singer).

Things to do:
Attend a concert in the Roman arena in Nîmes; canoe underneath the Pont du Gard; rent a barge on the Canal du Midi; watch the water-jousting in Sète; visit the Place aux Herbes market in Uzès; sample the mussels and oysters fresh from the Bassin de Thau; walk up to the Cité fortress in Carcassonne or visit the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi.

Bien classique:
Pic Saint-Loup ‘L’Arbouse’: Mas Bruguière rouge.

Autre chose:
Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal.