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.

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 AOC-designated regions also producing an increasing amount. The AOCs that are approved for producing rosé wines are:

  • AOC Languedoc
  • Cabardés
  • Corbiéres
  • Crémant de Limoux
  • Faugéres
  • 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 appellation throughout Languedoc. Direct press and saignée are used equally across the region.

Key statistics about Languedoc rosé:

  • Rosé continues to be one of the fastest wine growth categories in the U.S.
  • France is the #1 rosé exporter to the U.S., with 51% of the market
  • Metro New York City drinks 25% of all imported rosé, with Miami coming in second at 15%
  • Demand for French rosé also shows in Languedoc’s figures –  AOP Languedoc Red/Rosé imports show roughly 46% vol growth and 57% by value, 2017 vs 2016
  • So when looking to bottle his own rosé wine, which region did superstar Bon Jovi look to? You guessed it, Languedoc!

 

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Data: Nielson Reports 2015, 2017, 2018