There are more than 30 AOCs 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 AOCs of Languedoc.
AOC LANGUEDOC – THE BASE
From the beginning, wines bearing the AOC 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 25% of total production of AOC wines from Languedoc.
With the 2007 vintage this became an official AOC 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 the 2017 vintage.
GRANDS VINS DU LANGUEDOC – THE HEART
At the heart of the range, 70% of the region’s total AOC 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 AOC 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 AOCs in Languedoc fall into the Grand Vin category.
CRUS DU LANGUEDOC – THE SUMMIT
At the summit, are the “Crus” of Languedoc. These AOC 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 5% of AOC production. This tier is seeing the most change as it continues to be defined and refined.
LIST OF APPELLATIONS
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AOC Languedoc – Red – White – Rosé
Grands Vins du Languedoc
- AOC Cabardès – Red, Rosé
- AOC Clairette du Languedoc – White
- AOC Corbières – Red, White, Rosé
- AOC Faugères – Red, White, Rosé
- AOC Fitou – Red
- AOC Limoux (Blanquette, Crémant and still wines) – Red, White, Rosé
- AOC Malepère – Red, Rosé
- AOC Minervois – Red, White, Rosé
- AOC Muscats (de Frontignan, de Lunel, de Mireval and de Saint Jean de Minervois) – White
- AOC Picpoul de Pinet – White
- AOC Saint‐Chinian – Red, White, Rosé
- AOC Saint‐Chinian Berlou – Red
- AOC Saint‐Chinian Roquebrun – Red
- AOC Languedoc:
- Cabrières – Red, Rosé
- Grès de Montpellier – Red
- La Méjanelle – Red
- Montpeyroux – Red
- Pézenas – Red
- Quatourze – Red
- Saint‐Christol – Red
- Saint Drézéry – Red
- Saint‐Georges‐d’Orques – Red
- Saint‐Saturnin – Red, Rosé
- Sommières – Red