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?
Not sure what you mean by crus of the Southern Rhone. Were you finding a cru designation/classification in the southern Rhone?
Hey RobertYou can check my reply to Blake Angove further up the thread. Yeah, the ranking is Cotes du Rhône, CdR-Villages, CdR-Villages+name (Côtes du Rhône-Villages Plan de Dieu, for instance) and then Cru.