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Languedoc clarifies new ’simplified’ pyramid system

samedi 28 août 2010

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France’s Languedoc region claims a new grand cru and grand vin system will ’simplify’ life for its consumers.

The base appellation AOC Languedoc will sit at the bottom of a three tiered pyramid. Superior appellations including Minervois and St Chinian will be labelled Grands Vins du Languedoc.
The best vineyard sites such as Minervois La Liviniere and Corbieres Boutenac will be able to use the highest rating : Grands Crus du Languedoc.
The appellation’s trade association the CIVL said the idea was to make the system easier to understand.

It also sought to clarify the position of three soon-to-be Grands Crus.
Terrasses du Larzac, Pic St Loup and La Clape will become Grands Crus du Languedoc. At the moment these are not appellations but are classified under Coteaux du Languedoc : the ’Coteaux’ is set to disappear within the next five years.
These three Grand Cru sites have applied to the French authority, the INAO, to create new appellations.
The new pyramid hierarchy will appear on wine labels from the middle of 2011.

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