Languedoc Wines We Like

Chateau Maris La Touge from the AOC Minevois

Languedoc is most definitely an “Under the Radar” wine region. The Languedoc is producing excellent wines, mostly Rhone grapes, at unbelievably low prices. The Languedoc wines are under the radar for several reasons. For many years, the Languedoc was the Jug Wine capital of France. It takes time to change that image. Another reason, it is difficult for wineries to find exporters for their wines, especially to the United States. Finally, the Languedoc lives in the shadow of its neighbor to the north, the famous Rhone Valley. Give the Languedoc wines a try. You will love their taste and their price.

We recommend these Languedoc-Rousillion Wines

These are the wines we like, how much they cost, and where to buy them in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most big wine stores and wine shops carry Languedoc wines in limited amounts. Costco always seems to have one or two on the shelves. You will likely not find any Languedoc wines in Supermarkets

2018 Chateau Maris $19.34

  • I am recommending the 2018 Chateau Maris red blend of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 5% Carignan. The Syrah in this wine really shines. The wine is robust but still food friendly. It calls for a meaty dish for sure. To me, it drinks like a $30 bottle of wine. I found it at Total Wine in San Mateo for $19.34. The Chateau Maris winery is in Minevois and is certified Biodynamic. 89 Points

2017 Domain Lafage “Bastide Miraflors” $14

  • I’m also liking another Languedoc wine at KL Wines, the 2017 Domaine Lafage “Bastide Miraflors”. It is a blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Grenache for $14. What a deal for a wine that I like at 89 Points. We love the Syrah in this wine.

2017 Sous La Montagne Fitou $14

  • Mike is recommending the 2017 Sous la Montagne Fitou available at KL Wines for $14. Like most Languedoc reds, it’s a blend of several grapes. The blend is 50% Carignan, 27% Syrah, and 23% Grenache. “The wine has a beautiful color, and it is awash with rich berry aromas and flavors. The wine is medium bodied, with solid tannins that match up with meat dishes.”

2019 Domaine Condamine l’Eveque “La Dent” Picpoul de Pinet $13

  • Joe F is a white wine enthusiast. He fell in love with the beautiful and refreshing Picpoul Blanc. “This is a crisp, full-bodied white, with traces of citrus and stone fruit flavors. It is incredibly refreshing and best served well-chilled. The finish is excellent! It would be a fine accompaniment for poultry, pork, and seafood, and can be enjoyed alone as an aperitif or after-dinner refresher. Try it!” This wine is at KL Wines.

2018 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge $14

  • Jim A recommends the 2018 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge at KL Wines for $14. The blend is 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, and 10% Syrah. “This is a robust wine with a bundle of energy. It has loads of interesting red fruit. I think it’s versatile when it comes to food pairing. Kermit Lynch is the importer, so that means it must be an excellent wine.”

2017 Domain Girard Pinot Noir $17

  • Ray discovered that the Languedoc makes a wonderful 100% Pinot Noir. “The Girard is a delicious Pinot Noir and mild tasting, and true to the Pinot Noir character. The Mediterrean Sea supplies cool breezes that enable the Pinot Noir to flourish in this vineyard. I found it at the Table Wine Merchant in Pacifica.”

2018 Chateau de Grézels $7

  • Jim C’s wine is from the Cahors region. Cahors was once a part of the Languedoc, so we will give Jim some leeway in his wine pick. Jim spotted the wine at the Airport Costco in San Bruno for $6.99. “This wine is delicious, and I am heading back to buy a case. It is a fantastic-tasting wine, 70% Malbec and the rest Merlot.”

2014 Chateau Ollieux Romanis. $24

  • George is touting the Chateau Ollieux Romanis. The blend in the Ollieux Romanis is 40% Carignan,  25% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah. “I like wines from Southern Rhone, and this wine has similar characteristics. It is excellent. It’s at Weimax Wines for $24.”

Four of the Vintage Wine Tasting Club members have been to the Languedoc area. Here is a photo gallery of those trips.

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Shopping at Total Wines and KL Wines

One bonus from the Shelter-in-Place is shopping online for wine. I find it much more productive to shop for my wines online. I can do research, select my wines, and then pick up my wine order Curbside from both Total Wine and KL Wines.

My shopping experience at a Total Wine Store is overwhelming. The store is vast and stocked with thousands of wines. Using the online shop, I can sort by country, region, varietal, price and scores. Wine shopping is likely to go the way of the online route long after we are past COVID 19.

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