The Languedoc has gone through a virtual revolution over the past few decades. It is probably the French wine region that has seen the most revolutionary changes in recent times. From having been a huge source for cheap bulk wine it has become something of a hotbed for exiting wines and good value for money.
There are plenty of entrepreneurial winemakers here. One reason is no doubt that the land is relatively affordable. You can buy vineyards here without first having sold your multi-million dollar corporation. Another reason is that the appellation and winemaking rules are relatively flexible.
Britt recently wrote an extensive article on some of her favourite wines from the Languedoc region, published on Forbes, her first article as a Forbes contributor: Languedoc, French wines with terroir, character and personality.
She ends the article with a list of six recommended producers.
Here are the first few paragraphs:
Once a source only for cheap bulk wine, Languedoc is now proving its ability to make wonderful terroir wines at very reasonable prices. The region is thriving with so many exciting wine producers you hardly know where to turn. This is a region I recommend for anyone who is looking for exciting wines with character and personality. Not being one of France’s prestigious wine regions, Languedoc has fewer traditions to respect than, say Bordeaux and Burgundy. So the wine growers here are not afraid to experiment and innovate.
Languedoc is my own favourite wine region and it has been ever since I moved to France almost 25 years ago. Languedoc was at the time taking its first steps towards stardom. In wine bars and wine shops in Paris and of course on site, in the vineyards, I came to know the quality pioneers in this region that up until then had been known almost exclusively for simple bulk wine. They were brave these pioneers in the 1980s and 1990s, bottling their own wines, investing, aiming at quality. The French consumers had a hard time accepting that anything but cheap junk wine could be produced in Languedoc. The brave pioneers were saved by an export market that was less prejudiced.
Read more on Forbes: Languedoc, French wines with terroir, character and personality.
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