Are all 18 AOPs from the Southern Rhône considered crus - or is it only the 9 centered AOPs (CdP, Lirac, Tavel, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Rasteau, Cairanne and Vinsobres) that are of cru-status? If so, what is the difference between the crus and the "non-cru"-AOPs of the Southern Rhône? I was under the impression that all 18 AOPs were considered crus, similar to the AOPs of Beaujolais where all 10 AOPs are crus - so what is correct?
To my understanding, those 9 are the cru of the southern rhone. Others may fall under regional appellations (like CdR) or others may be CdR-villages where there are I believe there are 21. What are the other 9 cru you are referring to so we may be able to help categorize correctly? As always, I've been wrong before and will be again.
If you see the list from the compendium there are 18 AOPs (one which is the CdR-Villages AOP and one Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise AOP). https://www.guildsomm.com/research/compendium/w/france/465/southern-rhone-valleyFrom this simple map you'll see the 9 AOPs, which are commonly referred to as crus, highlighted in a deeper shade of purple (CdP, Lirac, Tavel, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Rasteau, Cairanne and Vinsobres).
My question is: why aren't the surrounding AOPs; Ventoux AOP, Luberon AOP, Crignan-les-Adhémar AOP, Côtes du Vivarais AOP, Duché d'Uzés AOP, Costiéres de Nimes AOP and Clairette de Bellegarde AOP known as crus? What is the difference between these AOPs and the crus?
For instance, a bottle of Ventoux doesn't have to write "CdR-Villages Ventoux" but simply Ventoux on the label in the same manner as the 9 crus. If the AOPs in question aren't considered crus, then they should be classified in the hierarchy between CdR-Villages and Cru - but no such ranking exists.In Beaujolais, all ten AOPs are crus. This is also the case with the 8 AOPs (or crus) of the Northern Rhône (not including the four AOPs from Die)