Experience the lighter side of Languedoc AOP wines, this April and May at select Montgomery County wine store locations. Alongside the selection of red wines produced in the AOPs of Languedoc, South of France, there are also wonderful white, rosé and sparkling options. Learn more about these wines and find a tasting near you.
Picpoul = Pick Moules
AOP Picpoul de Pinet, made from the delightful Piquepoul grape, is a fresh, brightly acidic wine
made in the coastal region of Pinet. Similar to Sauvignon Blanc, it pairs perfectly with seafood. So when you pick Picpoul, pick moules (mussels, in French).
Languedoc White Blends
Not content to produce just one style of still white wine, Languedoc AOPs also offer a variety of blended white wines and some single varietal examples from other grape varieties. Whether it is the more well-known Chardonnay, or the lesser known Marsanne, Roussanne or Vermentino – Languedoc whites have much to offer for discovery.
Languedoc Sparkled First
The first evidence of sparkling wines made in the traditional method (AKA Champagne method) in Limoux is from 1531, 100 years before Champagne got ahold of the secret. These “original sparklers” come in two main types, Crémant de Limoux and Blanquette de Limoux. They are crisp and lovely; Champagne quality at Prosecco prices.
Rosé from the Other South of France
By now everyone has swirled copious amounts of Provençal rosé, but what about rosé from the other South of France? Throughout Languedoc, delicious rosés are made in a style similar to Provence rosé— dry with abundant cherry and strawberry flavors —but in price they win almost every time. Perfect for deck sipping and summer salad pairing.