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Languedoc AOC Introduces New Classification System For Grand Cru Wine


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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)


  1. ryan | Thursday, August 19, 2010

    ah yes, nothing like a nice thing dusting of beaucracy with my languedoc wines…nothing like adding more consumer confusion! Very annoying…when will the french and all other wine gov’s learn that an ounce of promotion goes a lot further than a new layer of silly names and confusing rules.

  2. Yashar Shayan | Thursday, August 19, 2010

    I think the good old boys in the Bordeaux (like maybe Mouton, Margaux, Lafite, Haut-Brion, and Latour) would say this: “Do all the promoting you want, but you won’t be selling out your wine futures 3 years ahead of time at 50% price increases every year like we do with bottles well over $500″ haha! :)

  3. Ashley Routson | Thursday, August 19, 2010

    I’m with Ryan … a rose by any other name!

  4. Natalie Morgan | Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Does this mean that the prices of the wines from the Languedoc are going to increase?

  5. Yashar Shayan | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Ashely, I side with Ryan as well, but you can’t argue with results and the results show that Bordeaux system has allowed them to dominate 150 years after its inception
    Natalie… I doubt it will shoot prices up in the short term… but who knows about the long term

  6. Chateau de Cazeneuve – Le sang du calvaire 2005 « From Grapes to Wine's Blog | Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    […] Blend of 95% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah aged for 24 months in French oak. I am a big fan of this producer and this region from the Languedoc. With the new classification system, Pic Saint Loup becomes a Grand Cru du Languedoc. […]

  7. Yashar Shizzle Shayan | Thursday, October 28, 2010

    oh, I just had Pic Saint Loup the other day… had I known it was Grand Cru, I would have liked it more! :) JK!

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