The Côteaux du Languedoc AOC
is a regional appellation which, since a decree of 30 April 2007 extends to all Languedoc and Roussillon AOCs under the single name of Languedoc. The diversity of the terroirs and the typical character of the wines have led to the creation of a hierarchy of Côteaux du Languedoc wines.
Therefore, within the Côteaux du Languedoc appellation, there are the sub-regional appellations of Saint-Chinian, Faugères and Clairette du Languedoc, which are recognised as AOCs by their own specific decree. The addition of the communes of origin completes this hierarchy: Cabrières, La Méjanelle, Montpeyroux, Picpoul de Pinet, Quatourze, St-Christol, St-Drézéry, St-Georges d'Orques, St-Saturnin and Vérargues.
The Côteaux du Languedoc appellation spans 3 départements: the Aude, Herault and Gard, which are covered with 22,000 hectares of vineyards. The wine producing area also includes 168 communes stretching along the Mediterranean coast from Narbonne to the west, to the edge of the Camargue to the east, and backing onto the foothills of the Montagne Noire and the Cévennes. This appellation's originality is tied to the diversity of the terroirs.
The wines of the Côteaux du Languedoc are red, rosé or white. The appellation's diversity has resulted in a mosaic of authorized grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (50% minimum) alongside Cinsault and Carignan for red and rosé wines, Grenache, Clairette, Bourboulenc Piquepoul, Roussanne, Marsanne and Rolle (70% minimum) alongside Carignan, Terret, Ugni, Maccabeu and Viognier for the white Côteaux du Languedoc. All the features of the Côteaux du Languedoc terroir are reflected in the blends, and particularly found in the wines from Mas Cal Demoura, Domaine de Montcalmès, Château Puech-Haut, Domaine Peyre Rose, Domaine de l'Hortus, Château des Aurelles, as well as Domaine d'Aupilhac, Mas Julien and Domaine du Pas de l'Escalette.
More informations on the website of the wines of Coteaux du Languedoc