Wine: A rustic renaissance

The Languedoc has frequently been overlooked as a wine-producing region, but it has a wine heritage that goes back as far as the ancient Greeks, writes Tomas Clancy.

9th March, 2014
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The walled city of Carcassonne casts a tall shadow over much of Languedoc history and commerce. Physically it stands at the centre of the giant crescent-shaped wine region we know as Languedoc-Roussillon that runs from almost Marseilles westwards around to the border with Spain.

Carcassonne is surrounded by the tenderloin appellations of Minervois, Corbières, Fitou, Cabardès and, to the south, Limoux. Above all, however, Carcassonne is symbolic of the Languedoc, its resistance to orthodoxy, its...

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