Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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AOC stands for appellation d’origine contrôlée, France’s famous denomination for its best wines, sometimes known as Appellation Contrôlée (AC). In 2010, as a result of eu reforms introduced in 2008, this was superseded by Appellation d’Origine Protegée (AOP), France’s pdo , but many continue to use the term AOC.