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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Villages, common suffix of an appellation contrôlée name for a French wine. Generally speaking, an X-Villages wine must be made from one or several of a selection of communes whose produce is known to be superior to that of the rest of the X zone. See, for example, beaujolais, mâcon, and Côtes du rhône .