Wherever we go on our grand tour we’re focusing on eating, drinking and buying local or regional products as much as possible, and that’s especially the case with wine.

The Languedoc-Roussillon wines from the region of the same name are widely available in Ceret and they are stunning.

We’ve been pleased to see that they can be found in abundance at local wine shops, wine bars, supermarkets, and markets.

As we’re relying on locals for advice this year, we consulted Matthew Stubbs, a Master of Wine, (the highest qualification in the wine industry, and there are only 264 MWs in the world!) who runs the wine school Vinécole, near Limoux.

In addition to wine courses, Matthew and his team run wine tastings, bespoke wine events, tours, and other activities, from wine and chocolate tastings to themed ‘South of France’ tastings. You can also arrange tastings in your home, including your holiday rental!

Here are Matthew’s top ten Languedoc-Roussillon wines from the region that he thinks you should try, and buy, and why:

Languedoc-Roussillon white wines

La Cave de Pomerols, “Beauvignac” AOC Picpoul de Pinet – a crisp, dry, white, like Muscadet on steroids, it’s brilliant with the local Bouzigues oysters.

Laurent Miquel ʻNord Sudʼ Viognier, Vin de Pays dʼOc – a consistent performer every year, it can rival Condrieu at a quarter of the price.

Château Rives-Blanques, Dédicace, AOC Limoux – 100% Chenin Blanc from the Languedoc, it’s ripe, honeyed, and a real challenger to the Loire.

Domaine le Soula Blanc, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes – the Catalan Paradox: how can a wine so clean, racy, delicate and piercing be produced in such a warm area? Answer: Altitude, a blend of five grape varieties, and the wizardry of biodynamic Meister Gérard Gauby.

Languedoc-Roussillon red wines

Domaine Gayda Syrah 2008, Vin de Pays dʼOc – the 2007 won a gold medal at the Syrah du Monde competition, and the 2008 is even better, more Northern Rhone than Languedoc in style, with blackberry and black pepper.

Mas du Soleilla ʻLes Bartellesʼ AOC La Clape – few people had ever heard of La Clape a decade ago, but this Syrah dominated wine located 3 kms from the sea has contributed to the growing reputation of this magnificent appellation.

Clot de lʼOum Saint Bart Vieilles Vignes, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages – a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan from 3 different soil types, this wine sums up what this region is all about.

Cave de Roquebrun “Roches Noires” AOC Saint Chinian – a serious wine from one of the best Caves Cooperatives in the region.

La Peira en Damoisela, Coteaux du Languedoc – a most extraordinary wine from a top producer and region, it’s deep, intense and brooding, from the up and coming Terrasses du Larzac.

Languedoc-Roussillon fortified wines

Domaine Cazes, Ambré 1996 AOC Rivesaltes – like the finest crepe suzette in a glass – impress your Sherry and Madeira loving friends with this ‘alternative’ fortified wine. At 16€ retail, just over a € for every year of age, itʼs hard to find a better value wine anywhere in the wine world.

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