Cards of Wine

Languedoc (France)

Red Languedoc wines tend to be full-bodied fruit driven blends of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Black Currant
Black
Currant
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry

Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper

Herbs
Herbs
Rose
Roses
Lavender
Lavender
Mint
Mint

Oak Added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Leather
Leather

Strawberry, Dark Berries, and Plum are typical Languedoc flavors.

Notes of Herbs, Flowers (Provencal Roses), Mint, and Minerals.

Profile

Red Languedoc wines are generally full bodied with rich but smooth tannins:

BODYHigh
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Antipasti
Tapas
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Pizza
Pizza
Soups
Cassoulets
Chicken
Chicken
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game

Languedoc wines should be paired with rich flavors.

They pair perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian (Not Spicy).

They also love BBQ and Grilled Meat (Beef. Veal. Pork. Chicken. Game).

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Cured Meat.
Pizza. Hamburger.
Stews. Cassoulets. Goulash.
Sausages. Pepper Sauce.
Asian Marinated Dishes (Not Spicy).
Lamb. Lamb Shanks.
Game in Cherry Sauce.
Roast. BBQ. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Poultry. Rich Chicken. Turkey.
Duck. Roasted Duck with Plum.

Cheese:
Manchego. Cheddar. Gouda (Smoked). Pecorino. Asiago.

If You Like Languedoc

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

AOC

The Languedoc area has 7 Crus du Langedoc AOCs, and eleven Grand Vin du Languedoc AOCs.

It also has one regional appellation - AOC Languedoc, and many IGP appellations that will/can be granted AOCs one day.

About Languedoc

Languedoc is the biggest French wine-producing region with a production of 1.2 billion liters a year (2016).

The area actually has 5% of the word wide wine production. Larger than Australia, Chile, Germany, and South Africa.

About GSM

The GMS blend is a classic blend from the Côtes du Rhône region of France. It is also very popular in the Languedoc region.

It is a blend of:


Grenache

Grenache is planted worldwide, but especially in France, Spain,
Italy, Australia, California, and South Africa.

Grenache adds herbal and spicy notes such anise, cinnamon, tobacco.


Syrah

Syrah is one of the darkest full-bodied wines in the world.
If you hold it up to the light, you can not see through the wine.

Syrah adds dark fruit flavors of blackberry, blueberry and plum to the blend.


Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre is also a rich red wine. It adds herbal and floral notes to the blend.

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