Crémant de Limoux is a sparkling wine appellation for white wines made from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc (maximum 90%) as well as small amounts of Pinot Noir and Mauzac (maximum 40%, with a maximum 20% Mauzac). It is made in the Limoux area in the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées, south of the city of Carcassonne.
The Languedoc AOC replaced the original Côteaux-du-Languedoc AOC in 2007. Stretching along the Mediterranean coast, from the Spanish border as far as the Roman town of Nimes, reaching up to the stony foothills of the Montagne Noire and the Cevennes, the Languedoc appellation is home to a diverse range of wine-making.
Minervois is a small appellation in the heart of the Languedoc region, producing red wines from a range of varieties such as Carignan, Grenache, Lledoner Pelut and Mourvedre. White wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Maccabeu, Bourboulenc, Rolle, Clairette Blanche and Muscat.
The Pays d’Oc is a catch-all IGP appellation expanding across the Languedoc, making it one of of the largest in France. Terrain varies significantly, as does the plethora of varieties planted. There are some excellent wines made using this IGP, but there are also many of mediocre quality.