This is an excerpt from our book Languedoc – meetings with the wines and winemakers in the French South, the chapter on “appellations and classification” – released 2007th
This section describes the new (or redesigned) AOC Languedoc appellation.
AOC Languedoc – a new appeal
Languedoc is a region that is in constant motion and it happens all the time something new. 2006 was a directive that it still remains to be seen the results of. AOC Coteaux du Languedoc was extended to the whole of Languedoc-Roussillon. At the same time changed its appellation name to be called just “Languedoc”. AOC Languedoc now covers thus the entire region of Languedoc-Roussillon from Costières de Nîmes in the Gard department down to the Roussillon at the Spanish border. The name may be used from the 2006 harvest.
AOC Languedoc is now the regional basappellationen for the whole of Languedoc-Roussillon. Over this large appellation will “les appellations sous-regional” (ie regional bottom lashes international organizations) such as Corbieres, Minervois, Fitou, CABARDES, Malepère, Limoux, St Chinian and so on. At the top of the hierarchy, the municipality-appellations Minervois la Livinière, Boutenac Corbières, Saint Chinian Berlou and soon probably Pic Saint Loup and the Picpoul Pinet. During a transition period, Coteaux du Languedoc, which name will remain but it will eventually disappear.
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