France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Montpellier

Coteaux du Languedoc and the Coastal Vins Doux Naturels
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 06 March 2010
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Main appellations

Languedoc/Coteaux du Languedoc

An extensive appellation for red, white and rosés with specific geographical denominations which can be added to the main AC name such as - in this micro-region - Grés de Montpellier and Terrasses du Larzac (for reds only), and Picpoul de Pinet (for whites only). The latter is working towards becoming a separate AC by honing the appellation borders, which might actually exclude certain less good sites and producers. The most successful and highest profile subzone here, found north of Montpellier, is Pic Saint Loup (for red and rosé). The Coteaux du Languedoc appellation name is being phased out to focus on just ‘Languedoc’.

Clairette du Languedoc

Appellation for dry, medium or sweet whites made from the Clairette grape in the upper Hérault valley.

Muscat de Lunel

A golden Vin Doux Naturel made only from the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains located around Lunel.

Muscat de Frontignan

A golden Vin Doux Naturel made only from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, located between Sète and Montpellier and producing the largest volume of Vin Doux Naturel in the Languedoc. A small quantity qualifies as Vin de Liqueur.

Muscat de Mireval

A golden Vin Doux Naturel made only from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, located between Sète and Montpellier.

IGP (Vin de Pays) d’Oc

Regional IGP (formerly Vin de Pays) covering wines from the departments of Gard, Aude, Hérault and Pyrénées Orientales. Over 32 different grape varieties are permitted and there is a great diversity of styles and quality. There are many smaller IGP designations within this area, which may be named after the department or a smaller zone.

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