Cotes du Rhone Villages wine appellation in France

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Cotes du Rhone Villages wine appellation
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Avignon, Provence, 84000
Country: France

The Côtes du Rhone Villages is a special appellation that lies within the broader Côtes du Rhone appellation. There are two levels to this special appellation. Wines produced in 76 villages throughout the Côtes du Rhone appellation can append the word Villages to the Côtes du Rhone indicating that the wine is of a higher quality than the normal wines of the area. In addition, there are fourteen villages that are also able to append the name of the village, thus indicating superior quality.
There used to be fifteen villages in this category, however the village of Beaumes de Venise has recently been elevated to the same level as Gigondas and Vacqueyras.
The villages that can use their own names are:
Cairanne
Chusclan
Laudun
Rasteau
Roaix
Rochegude
Rousset-les-Vignes
Sablet
Saint-Gervais
Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues
Saint-Pantaleon les Vignes
Seguret
Valreas
Vinsobres
Visan
Thus, wines produced within the area of the village of Seguret can have the words Côtes du Rhone Villages Seguret on the label.
The main grape types of this appellation are Grenache, Carignan, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Terret Noir, and Shiraz for red wines and Bourboulenc, Clairette, Marsanne, Muscardin, Picardan, Roussanne and Picpoul for white wines.
 
     
     
     


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