Southern France, red A to F

Corbieres old vines in winter

The third instalment of this report on current southern French wines. Tomorrow we publish the last instalment, on reds from producers G to Z. See also reviews of whites and pinks, fizz and sweet.

When I asked producers to send in their wines for a big Languedoc and Roussillon tasting, I made a slightly different request from the usual one to 'send your latest vintages'. I asked them to send two to four wines that they thought fitted these categories: an everyday lunch wine; a dinner-with-friends wine; a special-occasion wine; and 'an intellectual wine that requires...