The Rhône Valley is a large region that covers many diverse soils and terroirs. The broad southern appellation of Côtes du Rhône ranks only behind Bordeaux in size among French winegrowing districts. Along with Côtes du Rhône-Villages (where the villages with the best vineyards are allowed to add their name), Côtes du Lubéron and a few of other appellations, this is an ideal hunting ground for value wines.
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