Get to know your Languedoc wine vintages with this brief guide to the past few years, compiled by Decanter experts.
Languedoc wine vintages at a glance:
Warmth and rain during spring resulted in a healthy flowering, while a dry, cool summer ensured a good balance of phenolic ripeness and acidity. The best wines are still drinking well.
Intermittent rains towards the end of the ripening season resulted in a vintage of relatively supple wines lacking the concentration to age well.
The Languedoc fared better than most of France, despite a dull spring and a dry summer. Quantities were low, but concentration was high. The best wines are ageing gracefully.
While most of France was deluged with rain, the Languedoc had a dry summer. The harvest was small but very healthy; reds showed firm structure and deep colours.
Warm, dry conditions resulted in an exemplary harvest of concentrated, ageworthy wines.
Dry, windy conditions, especially towards the end of summer, created low yields but healthy grapes. A ripe and concentrated vintage.
High rainfall resulted in some dilution and rot. Not a vintage for laying down.
A tricky vintage. The weather was cold and damp early in the season, then hot and dry towards the end of summer. Many of the resulting wines are relatively lean bodied.
Despite a cold, damp start to the year, an Indian summer rescued much of the harvest. Syrah and the late-ripening Carignan and Mourvèdre fared particularly well.
In some areas, notably the Minervois and the northwest, a dry winter followed by violent hailstorms and a cool, rainy summer compromised yields. Mourvèdre, on the other hand, benefited from the summer rains.
Warm, dry conditions prevailed, promising a high-quality vintage of ripe grapes.
This content originally appeared in the free Languedoc supplement with Decanter magazine’s June issue. This content was sponsored by the Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins AOC du Languedoc (CIVL) and the IGP wines of Sud de France.