The Languedoc region in the south of France has long been known to wine industry insiders as a great appellation for value—you can often find quality wines for a fraction of the price compared to other French wine regions. But this has been no secret to those of us at The Wine Advocate, particularly Jeb Dunnuck, reviewer of the Languedoc/Rousillon regions. “The Languedoc is a diamond in the rough and continues to be an incredible source of high-quality wines, as well as terrific values,” Dunnuck states.
And in his recent Languedoc report, published in Wine Advocate Issue 230, he says this about the 2015 vintage: The 2015s “are deeper and richer wines that show what this region is capable of in a great year...clearly the strongest vintage for the Languedoc going back to 2010.”
With praise like that, we couldn’t help but seek out some of the outstanding values included in this report. These wines clock in at 90 points or higher and all cost $20 or less—how’s that for value? Snatch these beauties up, because as Dunnuck says, there are "singular, high-quality (in some places, world-class) wines loaded with character” in the Languedoc.
2015 La Peira • Terrasses du Larzac Les Obriers
“...it offers the classic savoriness and dried-earth characteristics I always find in this wine.”
2015 Domaine du Somail • Minervois Vin de Plum
“Readers looking for a terrific value from the Languedoc need to latch onto a few bottles.”
2015 Chateau Auris • Corbières
“This beauty has lots of fruit, notable purity, elegance and a clean finish.”
2015 Chateau d'Angles • Languedoc-La Clape Classique
“Fresh, lively and clean, with lots of fruit and texture…”
2015 Domaine Sainte Marie des Crozes • Corbières Hector et Juliette
“...exhibits a medium-bodied, seamless, elegant personality.”
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