(in this case, an appellation d'origine contrôlée
) 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
, 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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