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French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
The Languedoc still suffers from a grim reputation as a producer of large amounts of poor wine, which was indeed the case until fairly recently. Today, excellent wines are starting to be made by some quality-minded producers investing heavily in the region. Producers to watch for include Château de Caraguilhes from the area of Corbières, Château Laville-Bertrou from Minervois, and Château Pech Redon from Faugères.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
The better quality reds of the region are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, while the best whites come from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Usually, grape names appear on labels of wines from this region to compete with New World producers having success with the same strategy.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
One of the biggest secrets of the Languedoc is Limoux's sparkling wine, called Blanquette de Limoux. Blanquette de Limoux is made mainly from the Mauzac grape, which tastes of apple skins, along with 10 percent Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc for a bit of complexity and elegance. With the delicacy of Champagne at a fraction of the price, it's worth tasting. Look to the reputable producer, Chandenier.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
Crémant de Limoux is another appealing sparkling wine from the area. It differs from Blanquette de Limoux by having a larger proportion of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc—up to 30 percent instead of 10 percent.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
Sparkling wine from Limoux predates that of Champagne by more than a century.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
Generally, like the Languedoc, the Roussillon region makes quite average wines but some very good producers exist, such as Domaine Gauby and Clos des Fées.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
About 80 percent of France's Vin Doux Naturel, a fortified sweet wine, comes from the Roussillon. These wines are usually are made from Grenache and Muscat grapes and are at least 14 percent alcohol.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
Vin Doux Naturel can be a delicious and inexpensive dessert wine. It's made in the same way as Port—stopping the fermentation process before all the grape sugar has been converted to alcohol by killing the yeast by adding grape spirit.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
Red Vin Doux Natural from the Banyuls and Maury regions of the Roussillon is made from black Grenache grapes, and can be an inexpensive alternative to ruby Port.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
Domaine du Traginer, Domaine Beauthorey, Domaine Gauby, Domaine de Fontedicto, Le Petit Domaine de Gimios, Clos du Rouge Gorge, and Domaine Cazes are all biodynamic producers in this region.

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