The crus of Southern Rhône question

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? 

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  • I think there is some confusion due to equating AOPs to "Crus" or vice versa. I guess you could call them whatever you'd like but as far as I can tell there is not legal distinction of a cru in the southern Rhone such as in Burgundy, Alsace, or classifications in Bordeux etc. In Beaujolais for instance it's stated; "May be labeled "Cru du Beaujolais"" This is absent in any S. Rhone AOPs. Again, I think in some of the online sources they are equating the two and since there is no legal distinction there are conflicting answers. I would of course differ to Christopher Tanghe on this since he knows WAY more about this than I but also, in my experience the compendium on this site is by far the most valuable resource online for these types of questions.