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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 got started with my first cabernet savignon in October of 2008, so not even a ... the darker cherry flavors, cassis, anis and earthy (I have been known to call them "dirty" but not too dirty). Smoky is fine. I want a strong start, fruity, with a nice, long velvety finish. I do NOT want an acidic finish, don't like the alcohol smell/taste a... Read More

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  • An interesting read regarding the oft-underestimated Virginia vino and some ... ... its "cured meat, savory cassis, mint, mocha" flavors and its "dusty tannins," awarding the wine 92 points.The wine was Barboursville Vineyards' 2006 Octagon, a merlot-based blend of Bordeaux grape varieties that retails for about $40. Four of the six judges mi... Read More

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  • Raumland Sparkling Cassis Secco NV

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    refreshing sparkling wine, great for warm summer nights served with appetizers. Read More

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  • Lovely cassis and earth tones with mallow chocolate and lavender. Smooth tannins. Quite long with elegance. Loved it a lot. Read More

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  • Californias Sierra foothills appellation spans across some of the least ... ... lots of rich fruit, plums, cassis, black cherry with hints of dried tomato, herb, mint, and oak,. Very nicely balanced both texturally and favor wise with there is a touch of barbq sauciness on the backend but the bright cherry tones and light vanilla note power th... Read More

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  • I'm Chad Carns, author of The Gourmet Bachelor - Global Flavor, Local ... 1990 (100 pt Parker)Cassis, Espresso8Hermitage, Chapoutier, "La Pavillon" 1994___________7Hermitage, Delas Freres, "Les Bessards" 2003Classic7Hermitage, Guigal, "Ex Voto" 2001Driftwood, Sage8Hermitage, Betts & Scholl 20047Hermitage, Guigal 1998___________Aromatic White Wi... Read More

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  • Last night was Snooth-a -thon II and we celebrated in style with some classy ... ... a sweetly fruited black cassis and olive toned mid-palate with a hint of rusticity that shows itself in the slight animale tones that lead to the long finish. A brilliant wine 95pts1985 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - From magnum- This was... Read More

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  • Janasse Chaupin '00To me, this represents all that is intoxicating about the ... of allspice, cinammon stick, cassis, cherry liqueur and the black licorice essence rocket from the glass. The mouthfeel is pure and lush, expanding over the palate w/ fabulous breadth and depth. The intensity of the '00 Chaupin keeps its flavors alive, which nev... Read More

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  • Ok, so I am delinquent. I have been so busy preparing for my trip to drink ... ... notes. There is a touch of cassis lurking and notes of roasted pear and even a hint of rubber here. In the mouth this is light and bright with tons of wild strawberry and sour cherry fruit still in evidence. There is a decided jolly rancher character to the frui... Read More

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  • Ok so I'm cheating a bit here, this is not the label of the wine I drank. The ... ... harmony and frame the cassis and blackberry fruit perfectly offering exceptional clarity and a lively, transparent feel.  If one could fault this for anything perhaps someone might consider it to be a touch simple but it's just to damn fun to drink to worry ... Read More

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