We have said it before and we will say it again: Why chaptalise in Languedoc? This is southern France we are talking about. With sun and heat during the growing season. These wines should have enough natural sugar to provide a decent alcohol level without having to add sugar or concentrated grape must
The reason we bring it up here again is that the IGP Pays d’Oc-producers (former Vin de Pays d’Oc) have realized that there will be a lack of concentrated grape must during 2013. Spain is the big supplier of concentrated grape must and, as in most countries in Europe. Their production went down in 2012. This means that if producers in Languedoc want to chaptalise they will probably be forced to use sugar instead. They are not at all happy about that. Well, there is an easy solution. Guess which one!
Read more in La Vigne.
Languedoc-Roussillon is, according to EU definition, in zone CII. This means that you can add sugar or concentrated grape must to increase the alcohol level with a maximum of 1.5% and not more than up to 13%. So if you buy a Languedoc wine with more alcohol than 13 % you know it is not chaptalised. And most good quality Languedoc wines are more likely to have higher alcohol.
(By the way, the same goes for all other southern wine regions, not only the Languedoc!)
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