The global reputation of Languedoc wines is not so positive. Mainly because there are a lot of cooperatives making bad or average wines for a bargain, taking the whole region in a downwards negative spiral. A lot of serious wineries out there are still fighting against this reputation and are crying out loud to give them a chance to prove they are making really big wines.
A lot of French winemakers do not always agree with the statements of INAO, but this time it seems that they finally made the right move. It’s about time that some quality regions rise up from the ashes of the famous “Côteaux du Languedoc AOP”. The first one was the white “Picpoul de Pinet AOP” which is fantastic with local oysters. Now there is the second in line or the first red wine appellation “Terrasses du Larzac AOP”
In every region of France we hear rumors about some appellations wanting to have a “Cru” status. My point of view is that I couldn’t care less. I rather drink a Vin de Table than a “Cru”. Though I do appreciate the fact of identity of a appellation. Maybe they should adapt the same system as in Italy with the DOC and DOCG status.
Although the appellation is new, the wineries and surely the vines are existing already for decades. I sincerely hope for the sake of this fantastic region with breathtaking landscapes and wines that more good news in this genre will popup soon!