An appellation (in this case, an appellation d'origine contrôlée or AOC) designating certain wines produced in the Rhône valley in southern France. The vast majority of wines produced in this area are red wines composed of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsaut grapes, though the blends and character of Côtes du Rhône wines may vary from producer to producer. But French law demands that all wines bearing this appellation meet certain criteria, so you generally know what you're getting.

There is another similar appellation called Côtes du Rhône-Villages, which is a subset of the Côtes du Rhône appellation. Wines from this subset come from 16 historically wine-producing villages along the Rhône and may have a higher-than-average alcohol content.

There are also other well-known appellations from the Rhône valley, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which share much in common with traditional Côtes du Rhône wines.

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