There are more than 30 AOPs in Languedoc. Still wine dominates production, but there are
appellations for sparkling wines and sweet wines as well. Until recently, there was no visible hierarchy for the consumer. In 2007, the CIVL implemented the first steps to bring a more recognizable hierarchical system to the AOPs of Languedoc.
AOP LANGUEDOC – THE BASE
From the beginning, wines bearing the AOP Languedoc designation have been distinguished by their strong quality to price ratio and represent table wines perfect for everyday drinking. In terms of quantity, this level represents about 30% of total production of AOP wines from Languedoc.
With the 2007 vintage this became an official AOP and now serves as the base for the new tier system. Prior to 2007, there existed AOC Coteaux du Languedoc and 15 different sub-appellations could attach themselves to this nomenclature. Each of these sub-appellations is now working towards separate categorization in their own right. The term Coteaux du Languedoc will continue to appear on labels through 2017.
GRAND VINS DU LANGUEDOC – THE HEART
At the heart of the range, 60% of the region’s total AOP production comprise the “Grands Vins” of
Languedoc. These wines retail at a slightly higher price and are defined by their ability to express the distinguishing characteristics of the AOP from which they come. Within the Grand Vin tier, it is recognized that there may be small terroirs or producers who are exceptional and perhaps worthy of more individual status at a later date. The majority of AOPs in Languedoc fall into the Grand Vin category.
CRUS DU LANGUEDOC – THE SUMMIT
At the summit, are the “Crus” of Languedoc. These AOP wines come from more concentrated demarcated areas and are often produced in more limited quantities, making them the very top wines that the Languedoc has to offer. This level represents only about 4% of AOP production. As of 2015 there are six AOPs approved as Crus du Languedoc. These include: Minervois la Livinière, Corbières Boutenac, Faugères, La Clape, Saint Chinian Roquebrun and Saint Chinian Berlou.
LIST OF APPELLATIONS
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AOP Languedoc – Red – White – Rosé
- Grands Vins du Languedoc
- AOP Cabardès – Red, Rosé
- AOP Clairette du Languedoc – White
- AOP Corbières – Red, White, Rosé
- AOP Fitou – Red
- AOP Limoux (Blanquette, Crémant and still wines) – Red, White, Rosé
- AOP Malepère – Red, Rosé
- AOP Minervois – Red, White, Rosé
- AOP Muscats (de Frontignan, de Lunel, de Mireval and de Saint Jean de Minervois) – White
- AOP Picpoul de Pinet – White
- AOP Saint‐Chinian – Red, White, Rosé
- AOP Terrasses du Larzac – Red
- AOP Languedoc:
- Cabrières – Red, Rosé
- Grès de Montpellier – Red
- La Méjanelle – Red
- Montpeyroux – Red
- Pézenas – Red
- Pic Saint Loup – Red, Rosé
- Quatourze – Red
- Saint‐Christol – Red
- Saint Drézéry – Red
- Saint‐Georges‐d’Orques – Red
- Saint‐Saturnin – Red, Rosé
- Sommières – Red
- Crus du Languedoc