The Languedoc has a wine making history to compete with any of its aristocratic rivals in France, but created its first AOC as recently as 1948, when Fitou (4) was born.


The dominant grape variety is Carignan which has to constitute 40% of any blend. Grenache, Llandoner Pelut (the 'hairy' Grenache), Mourvèdre and Syrah are also often blended with it. These wines are made for drinking young, and tend to be a little tannic with fresh forest fruit flavours.


Muscat de Rivesaltes AOC, a vin doux naturel, also comes from this region


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