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Languedoc Roussillon

 

Languedoc Roussillon stretches along the Mediterranean Sea between western Rhone, the Camargue and the Spanish border and the Pyrenees mountains.

 

It is a sunny area with mild winters and hot summers.
 
Wine has always been of great importance in the economy of the region Languedoc Roussillon.
 
Recent years tourism is also a source of income for the Languedoc-Roussillon is attracting more and more French and foreign tourists. The area has beautiful beaches, among the most beautiful in France. The hinterland is beautiful and less crowded than Provence. The area has many interesting historical sites, a strong traditional culture, a genuine food, an energetic city in Montpellier, and of course plenty of sunshine to offer. Languedoc-Roussillon is a great alternative to the Cote d'Azur, Provence and Perigord all together.
 
Information Languedoc Roussillon:

 

Situation : Au bord de la Méditerranée, depuis le delta du Rhône jusqu'aux montagnes des Pyrénées et l'Espagne
Superficie : 27 400 km² (taille de la région Languedoc Roussillon)
Couvre 5 départements: Aude, Gard, Hérault, Pyrénées Orientales et Lozère (ce dernier est plus une terre de fromage)
Climat :

Méditerranéen (hiver doux et été chaud)

Population : 2 400 000 (population du Languedoc Roussillon)
Villes principales : Montpellier (250 000)
Nimes (140 000)
Perpignan (115 000)
Béziers (75 000)
Tourisme :

Plages (180 km de plages)
Carcassonne (cité du moyen-age)
Montpellier (shopping, Antigone, vieille ville piétonne)
Aigues Mortes (petite ville médiévale près de la mer)
Collioure (port typique, centre artistique)
Cerdagne (montagnes des Pyrénées, train jaune)

Languedoc Roussillon wine

 

A long history of winemaking and geological and climatic conditions explain why the grapes like the Languedoc Roussillon.
 
The main grape varieties are used in Languedoc Roussillon:
 
  • Red: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes have replaced less interesting as Aramon and Alicante.
  • White: Macabeo, Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, Ugni Blanc, Bourboulenc. Viognier and Chardonnay have been successfully introduced recently in Languedoc Roussillon. Today the white grape Chardonnay is most common in the region.
  • Soft White: White Muscat, Muscat of Alexandria and Rome or Grenache
 
In the early 70s, it became clear that the region was not ready to cope with changes in consumption patterns. The amount was greater than demand. And poor quality. The price is too expensive compared to the wines of Italy and Spain and now the New World. The region should make a profound change in penalty unattractive.
 
Growers have reduced production and improved quality. They used new techniques in the area such as the aging in oak barrels. They replaced by mediocre grapes grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier. They selected the best vineyards and began a quality approach. Today, the Languedoc Roussillon is again one of the wine regions of France's most popular wines offering an excellent price / quality ratio.
 
Today selected wines from the Hérault took place among the famous wines: Saint-Georges Orcs, Pic Saint-Loup, Saint-Chinian, Faugères Montpeyroux ...
 
Plain héraultaise also produces the famous Muscat, aromatic flavors, such as Frontignan or Mireval.
 
In the Aude, these are wines of Minervois and Corbières are appreciated.
 
Pyrénées-Orientales produce sweet wines of Roussillon Banyuls and Rivesaltes.
 
However the ever important winemakers and the steady decline of French consumption a challenge it will once again meet.

 


Superficie du vignoble : 160 000 hectares
dont 70 000 hectares en AOC
Vignobles : 50 000 vignerons récoltant pour 400 coopératives (70% de la production régionale)
2 800 producteurs indépendants
Sol : Principalement calcaire; grès, galet, granit sont aussi présents
Climat : Méditerranéen (hiver doux et été chaud)
Cépages rouges : Carignan
Grenache
Syrah
Cinsault
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
Mourvèdre
Cépages blancs : Clairette
Roussanne
Marsanne
Ugni Blanc
Bourboulenc
Viognier
Chardonnay
Production du vin en Languedoc Roussillon : plus de 2 milliard de bouteilles !
environ 25% AOC, 50% vin de pays, et 25% vin de table
Type de vin : Vin rouge corsé (Corbières, Saint Chinian)
Vin rouge medium (Costières)
Rosé léger et sec (Languedoc, Roussillon)
Vin blanc sec (Costières, Languedoc, Minervois)
Vin rouge doux (Banyuls, Carthagène, Maury)
Vin blanc doux (Muscat)
Vin blanc mousseux (Limoux)

Languedoc Roussillon win

Languedoc-Roussillon wine region is the largest in the world. Yesterday low quality wines from Languedoc Roussillon have made progress very interesting. They are now offering wines excellent value for money.

  • Coteaux du Languedoc
  • Corbières
  • Saint Chinian
  • Cotes du Roussillon
  • Costières de Nimes

 

 



Corbières

 

Corbières

 

Corbières is one of the greatest names in France. To distinguish wines, Corbières is divided into 11 terroirs such as Sigean Lézignan Boutenac and Lagrasse.
 
The "terroirs" produce mainly red wines. The Carignan grape is used in 50%. More often the wine is aged in oak barrels. This proves the quality initiative undertaken by the Corbières vineyards of the past century.
 
Red wines are rich, spicy, balanced and fruity. Although competition today with the Coteaux du Languedoc and Saint Chinian, Corbières wines continue to offer bargains.
 
  Information Corbières wine:


Appellation :

Appellation Corbières Controlée

Situation : Entre les villes de Carcassonne, Perpignan et Béziers
Lieu : Sigean, Gruissan, Lézignan, Boutenac, Lagrasse, Thézan des Corbiéres, Roquefort des Corbières, etc
Sol : Calcaire, marne, grès
Superficie : 15,500 ha (38,300 acres)
Production : 70 millions de bouteilles
95% vin rouge
Cépages : Rouge et Rosé :
Grenache
Syrah
Carignan
Mourvèdre
Cinsault

Blanc :
Bourboulenc
Maccabeu
Grenache blanc
Marsanne
Type de vin : Vin rouge corsé et épicé
Age : Rouge : 3 à 7 ans
Millésimes :
(recommandés)
2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998
Arômes : Fruits noirs
Réglisse
Thym

Déguster avec :

Viande rouge grillée
Paté de gibier (lièvre, faisan, etc)
Gibier à plume

Fromage :

Fromage de chèvre de montagne
Laguiole
Pélardon
Cheddar

 

 



 

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