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Cassis (not to be confused with the blackcurrant liqueur of the same name) is a town and wine region on the coast of Provence in southern France. The vineyards are located along the sunny coast with cooling sea breezes and protected from mistral winds by rugged cliffs, much like neighboring Bandol. One of these happens to be one of the tallest in France, called La Grande Tete (big head).

AOC Cassis, established in 1936, covers whites, reds and rosés. The whites tend to be full-bodied and bit herbaceous. Ugni Blanc is the principal white grape, followed by Marsanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc (Doucillon Blanc), Pascal, Sauvignon Blanc, and Terret Blanc. Reds consist mainly of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, which also find their way into rosés. 

Sadly, to drink wines from Cassis (and possibly the reason why many outside France only know the liqueur), one has to be in Provence. Hopefully more of these character-driven wines find their way onto international shelves Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

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  •  I swear, this wine is like a "baby Cabernet Sauvignon."  I ... I get a suggestion of Cab cassis on entry, some leather, maybe, unsweetened chocolate.  The Keenan Napa Valley bottling often has VERY SERIOUS tannin, but this one has much more sedate tannin.  That suggests to me that the source of many (more than ususal) of the grapes that went i... Read More

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  • In the mean time, here is Sunday's wine. We had rack of lamb, tonight, ... fruit.  Sure enough, cassis and blueberry (with no sweetness) on the tongue.  Then some suggestion of unsweetened chocolate.  Still some serious tannin, here.  So, that may have excacerbated my perception of unsweeten--almost ot the point of bitterness--tastes.  A good b... Read More

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  • v v, anniversary congratulations.  Ours was Monday.I bought this wine at ... ... VERY light suggestion of cassis or blueberry on entry. This seems more like a Cabernet Sauvignon-lite than a Merlot.  (Maybe there are some out there who define Merlot as Cabernet Sauvignon lite.)  Then, there's some pretty serious tannin. I don't know exactly whe... Read More

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  • I don't normally post the rear label in these threads, but this one has so ... themselves with black fruit--cassis is the most commonly expected flavor.  However, this one has very bright red fruit.  Thankfully, not candied red fruit.  So, you taste it and it goes away.  Then, there is some stoniness.  Then there is still serious tannin.  This... Read More

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  • I guess I'd have to say that this wine fell into the ... that discourage us..  Cassis—slightly sweet--on the tip of the tongue.  Then some stiff tannin--which come with bitterness.  Then, unfortunately, some alcoholic heat.  On OK wine, but pretty far from California's best Read More

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  • I concur! Look's tasty! Last night we had this really good 2008 Meander Cab ... Blackberry, Black Cherry, Cassis, Mocha, touch of spice, full body, tannins are in a good place for our palate.... meaning: you know they are there but they are not intrusive. Excellent long finish. Another winner!&nbs Read More

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  • We're having Matambre, tonight, and there is absolutely no Malbec in the ... one does suggest Cabernet cassis along with some blueberry, but that's it.  And that is great.  Tannin and acid suggest aging potential, but the question is "Why?"  It's a darned good wine, toda Read More

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  • Well, looky here.  Another wine-stained label.  How, ever does this ... ... of dried fruit on entry--cassis blueberry, plum.  Well-known Spring Mountain tannin does not pop up until mid- to rear-palate.  It is not obnoxious at all, it gives the wine character.  An excellent example of a reasonably priced (OK, "reasonable" is relative) Napa Cab... Read More

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  • If there's a test, I'm not interested.Last night.  A pretty good ...  I can detect fruit--cassis (no surprise) and, I'm saying. red plum--but it does not come in with a fanfare.  It's just noticeable.  Some dustiness mid-palate.  A tinge of bitterness on the rear palate that I noticed on the first sips seems to have disappeard after 15 minutes... Read More

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  • Really enjoyed this 2010 Joseph Cellars (Limited Edition Release) Cab Sav from ... with some blue/red cherry, cassis, minerality, touch of oak in the mid palate, tannins in check with a medium finish. (If it would have hadbigger nose and a longer finish it would have been a home run. This was a line drive stand up double!!!  &nbs Read More

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