Pierre Hourlier Wines

Languedoc Wine

  The Languedoc wine region is an area stretching from Nimes in the north to Perpignan in the south and all along the Mediterranean Sea. Languedoc wine was neglected for a long time, but within the last decade it has emerged as an area full of potential. Most Languedoc wine producers tend to be small, independent and passionate in the art of winemaking.

Languedoc mostly produces red wines, however the region has a multitude of different styles of wine. Minervois and Corbieres, both situated east of Carcassonne and are in our opinion the top of the bunch, though many rate Pic Saint Loup near Montpellier very highly. Look out for Malepere south of Carcassonne, still arguably the least known Appellation and certainly a future star.

The beauty of Languedoc wine is the diversity found across their vast range of wines. For the reds, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan are the dominant grapes, as for the whites there are many of different varieties and many lesser known grape varieties used. Chardonnay can give some surprisingly good results, even if they do not always have the Appellation Controllée grade. Rosé wines from that part of France can be better value than most. The Languedoc wine region has become more reputable over the last few years, with various achieving praises amongst critics and enthusiasts, it is no doubt that this region offers excellent value wines and are blazing an exciting trail for the future of Languedoc wine growers.