Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, Southwest From Quantity to Quality
Provence is best known for its refreshing rosé wines but the Languedoc-Roussillon, the largest wine producing region in all of France and the rest of the world, has had a reputation for making low-quality bulk wines, which is exactly what they produced for many years. Recently though, there has been a dramatic shift to lower yields and higher quality wines, so we are now finding some incredible wines and bargain prices. Grape varieties abound and blends are common in the Côteaux de Languedoc wines. The area is also the origin of grapes like Malbec, from Cahors and Tannat in Madiran. Other wines of note are Minervois and Faugières, as well as a number of sparkling and dessert wines. It is hot in this region and the wines can be big and bold. But a good quality wine from this part of France can be extremely delicious and very light on the wallet.