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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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  • Enjoying the good life on the left coast, also.In the late '80s I started ... ...  Nice suggestion of cassis and red plum on entry.  I bit of mineratlity and, then, vegetative hits on the mid-palate that both, thankfully,diminish quickly.  Completely resolved tannin.  So, this is a smooth drinker, it just doesn't seem particularly memorable.We... Read More

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  •   Whoa.  I truly believe that if you look up "Powerhouse ... ... fair amount of fruit--cassis, prunes--on entry.   Then a bit of herbal licorice--like basil--and, then, some dark chocolate.  Then the tannin hits.  I have had more tannic winees, but there is no mistaking this signature.  The polar opposite of thoday's favored subtle, elegan wi... Read More

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  • Well, I see there are new rules for this thread.  I have a picture. ... ... ... the slightest hit of cassis on entry, but then some serious complexity.  A dark chocolate thing that prepares you for bitterness, but it never really hits.  Something of a green viney suggestion.  Acid as from stone fruit--definitelly not citrus. Firm but inoffens... Read More

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  • Pierre Joet Rose NV sounds like a nice treat! Read More

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  • Thanks for posting this, JD.  I'll put up a full report later tonight (I hope) with notes from a great visit with the Emarks.  I've got lots to say about everyone's hospitality.  Also had lunch with LingProf, who is pretty busy but sends regards.  Read More

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  • Which wine did you put the coconut cream into? Read More

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  • Yes it was Loccasion...it was a wine that we had hanging around our kitchen (mostly in the fridge) for over a year. Totally underestimated this one, was highly enjoyable! Read More

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  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... worth the going rate.2009 Cassis Blanc - Funny, back when my wife and I were in Cassis in 2011 I thought this wine was a Sauv Blanc. Hardly had any time in the town's wine shop, but really wanted to take some wine back, and this and the Mourvedre below were the l... Read More

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  • Someone has to prop up this thread while RBA is traveling.I'm continuing ... berry on entry--blueberry, cassis.  Fairly light-bodied, for a red wine.  Some herbaceousness--but light-years away from the "bad old days."  I pretty simple wine that will be fine with the sandwich made from left over roasted chicken that I will be supping on, tonigh... Read More

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  • We had a bit of rain, here, on Monday.  Yesterday was a gloriously clear ...  Very light taste of cassis on the tongue.  Then, some suggestion of unsweetened chocolate.  Some still serious tannin.  Interestingly enough, not the most full-bodied CS.  I might think this one is more an old world style wine.  It is certainly not an in-your-face fr... Read More

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