The Languedoc AOC* of Southern France has a new classification system designating wines as “Grands Crus du Languedoc” and “Grands Vins du Languedoc”, utilizing already established regions. It was recently confirmed by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL).
Here’s the breakdown:
The Grands Crus du Languedoc are: Minervois La Livinière, Corbières Boutenac, Grès de Montpellier, Pic Saint Loup, Saint Chinian Roquebrun, Pézenas, Terrasses du Larzac, La Clape and still wines from Limoux.
The Grands Vins du Languedoc are; Minervois, Corbières, Limoux Sparkling wines, Faugères, Malepère, Cabardès, Saint Chinian, Muscats and part of the Terroirs des Coteaux du Languedoc including Picpoul de Pinet.
Each category, determined by its economic value, has strict appellation rules and requirements which must be adhered to in order to be classified.
*Note: (AOC stands for “Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC), which translates as ‘controlled designation of origin’. It is the French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products, all under the auspices of the government bureau Institut National des Appellations d’Origine” — Source: Wikipedia)