All About Languedoc Rosé

Languedoc rosés are vibrant, diverse, and on the rise. Here are the key facts you need to know about this refreshing wine.

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Climate/Terroir: Rosés are made throughout Languedoc, which covers a large swatch of southern France, adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. The region contains several climate and soil types, but the majority of the region has a Mediterranean climate and clay/limestone soils. This produces wines with ripe fruit flavors but bright acidity and balanced minerality.

Designations: Languedoc rosé is made across all levels of classification, with IGP wines produced in large quantities but AOP-designated regions also producing an increasing amount. The AOPs that are approved for producing rosé wines are:

  • AOP Languedoc
  • Cabardés
  • Corbiéres
  • Crémant de Limoux
  • Faugéres – Cru du Languedoc
  • Malepére
  • Minervois
  • Pic Saint Loup
  • Saint Chinian
  • Languedoc – Cabriéres
  • Languedoc – Saint Saturnin

 

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Varieties: Languedoc rosés are most often a blend of several red varieties that are commonly grown throughout the region. The most common are Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

Production: The method of rosé production varies by producer and AOP throughout Languedoc. Direct press and saignée are used equally across the region.

Key statistics about Languedoc rosé:

  • In 2015, Americans consumed more than 78 million gallons of rosé wine
  • The consumption of rosé wine accounts for more than 9.4% of volume and 5.4% of value of all wines consumed in the U.S. in 2015
  • 5% of rosé wine consumed in the U.S. is imported
  • France is the #1 rosé importer into the U.S., by value
  • Demand for French rosé also shows in Languedoc’s figures –  AOP Languedoc Red/Rosé imports show roughly 70% vol growth 2016 vs 2015

 

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Data: Nielson 2015 Report

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