Meaning of appellation contrôlée*

ap•pel•la•tion con•trô•lée

Pronunciation: (a-pe-la-syôn' kôn-trōlā'), [key]
  1. (of a French wine) having use of its name or designation controlled by the government with respect to the region of production, the variety of grapes used, and the level of quality maintained.
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