7 Bargain Wines From Languedoc and Roussillon

In February, managing editor Joe Czerwinski hightailed it to the South of France for his Languedoc and Roussillon tastings. “I was struck by the sheer number of wines worthy of notice by consumers,” he says in the latest issue of The Wine Advocate. “For fans of Mediterranean grape varieties, chiefly Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, there are no better hunting grounds for value—and the top wines can rival any in the world for overall quality.”

These seven wines, all rated 92 points and higher, are all priced at $40 or less. Happy hunting. 

“It's full-bodied, expansive in the mouth and harmonious, flowing smoothly and elegantly across the palate from start to long, long finish.”

“The 2015 Le Vignon is incredibly sexy and plush, with seductive raspberry fruit, hints of flowering garrigue and ample weight that's balanced by a long, cranberry-tinged finish.”

“At the price, it's a huge bargain.”

“Now bottled, the 2016 Languedoc Saint Drezery Blanc Tete de Belier is fulfilling all the promise my predecessor noted from barrel.”

“Big and ripe, this full-bodied wine finishes with a hefty dose of tannin and blackberries galore.”

“It's full-bodied and concentrated, with creamy-supple tannins, but it also has a fine-grained structure built on notes of crushed stone.”

“This awesome value should easily last a decade.”

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