Rosés from Languedoc, World's Largest Wine Growing Region
June 27, 2019
New York, N.Y.— Bordering the French Mediterranean coast where the sun shines 320 days a year, Languedoc – the world’s largest wine growing region – is finally getting the attention it deserves. Producing a staggering 151 million cases of wine a year, from which more than 250 million bottles are rosé, the region is going through a complete renaissance. On top of adopting innovative winemaking techniques and releasing fresh new wines into the market, Languedoc winemakers are also carefully positioning themselves at the forefront of today’s trendiest wine movement: organic winemaking.
With a favorable, mild climate year-round and low risk of vine pest and diseases, Languedoc is ideal for rosé wine production. Refined and aromatic, Languedoc’s rosé wines are the crown jewels of the region’s Masters of Blends. Using several grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan, they bottle light, crisp and refreshing wine that represents the variety and dynamism that can be found in the region.
A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN ROSE WINEMAKING
With a jump of 25% in rosé winemaking in the past two years, Languedoc is by far the leading producer of rosé in France. The region accounts for 34% of total French rosés and 11% of the world’s production. From unripe peach to deep coral, Languedoc rosés are blessed with an auspicious blend of natural factors including abundant South of France sun, warm temperatures, ocean breezes and diversity in soil types.
ROSE ALSO SPARKLES IN LANGUEDOC
Long before Champagne, the Limoux vineyard gave birth to the world’s first sparkling wine in 1531. This geographical area covers 3,000 hectares and consists of 42 local districts. The Crémant de Limoux is famous for its pale rosé complexion and its delicate bubbles with pronounced fruit on the palate. It is most often made from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, and a blend of Mauzac and Pinot Noir to give pink color to the base white wine.
A DEEPER LOOK INTO LANGUEDOC ROSES
Color: Bright pink, Languedoc rosés show a surprising vigor that can remind consumers of young red wines.
Nose: Languedoc rosés can present aromas of intense floral notes such as acacia and red fruit.
Palate: The palate is round, full-bodied, supple and sweet.
Production method: Pale-colored, highly aromatic rosés are mostly made from direct pressing while deeper pigmented rosé wines are fermented in bleeding tanks (“saignée method”).
JOIN THE ORGANIC MOVEMENT WITH LANGUEDOC WINES
The Languedoc wine region accounts for more than 30% of France’s organic vineyards and about 6% of the world’s vines. Next time your wine geek friends ask you to bring organic wine to a patio party, visit the Languedoc aisle at your local store and pick a bottle of fresh and fruity Languedoc rosé.
About Languedoc Wines
The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL or “Languedoc Wines”), located in Narbonne in the South of France, manages the worldwide promotion of Languedoc wines. The council was set up in 1994 to represent Languedoc AOCs (Appellations of Controlled Origin) for the entire wine sector, including still, sparkling and sweet wines. This state-approved private organization gathers economic players from the local wine production sector (producers and merchants) and was joined in 2012 by the organization representing the Sud de France PGI (Protected Geographical Indication).
In June 2006, Languedoc Wines (CIVL) launched “InterSud de France,” a new Federation for Languedoc-Roussillon wine professionals including members of Languedoc Wines (CIVL), IGP Sud de France, Wines of Roussillon (CIVR) and InterOc, the Pays d’Oc IGP Wine Council. Since then, Languedoc Wines (CIVL) has been working closely and alongside wine organizations from Languedoc-Roussillon to develop a common strategy and commitment to quality for the region’s wines under the umbrella brand “Sud de France.”
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