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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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  • Grenache

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Syrah

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • We had an abridged PTP tasting this week. For the first hour or so of our ... ... this smells like Cab with cassis, blackberry and cherry fruit.  Jamie felt that at first this smelled warm, then it smelled Christmassy, but finally it really smells like Smores! Karen enjoyed the wines rhubarb-like finish and bright fruit on the palate while Ev... Read More

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  • I met with my first Tuesday of the month tasting group yesterday to blind taste ... nose with a touch of sweet cassis fruit and a hint of banana and oak that barely prevented this from being dull and un-interesting. In the mouth this is gentle and elegant with a simple yet pure core of sweet red currant fruit edged with a touch of vanilla. This... Read More

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  • After much anticipation Snooths OTBN was apon us! We were meeting in the ... ... ... Great green olive and cassis notes as well and with the seductive texture only aged California Cabernet can have!2004 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus This was a bruiser but beat you with the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove! Great iron flecked ... Read More

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  • I was joined recently by some fellow winelovers to share a mixed case of ... ... ... $45Karen caught a bit of cassis on the nose and a bit of vegetal canned pea and noted that the palate was slightly meaty and hot with a spicy finish which I liked. Michael noted the wines earthy, tarry, dark fruits and found lots of plums, tar, and chocolate... Read More

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  • One of the advantages of setting up a vertical w/ lesser chateau is that it is ... beautiful core of crème de cassis, pencil lead, crushed berry and anise. The palate was exceptionally round and full, building incrementally to the broad and persistent finish, 95 points.The 95s were served side by side, beginning w/ the exceptionally pure Grand... Read More

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  • Domaine Bagnol Cassis Rose 2007


    Delicate strawberry and unripe peach on the nose. Delicate fruit on the palate. Good acidity and a touch of spice on palate. Tangy, clean finish with a light crispness you would expect. Read More

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  • Morrell Wine Auctions has a sharp looking auction scheduled live and in ... with creme de cassis, vanilla, and cherry notes, medium to full body, an unctuous texture, low acidity, and a more evolved style than its bigger sibling, Léoville-Las Cases..." 91 points, RMP."Estimate: $240 - $350 (already at $280)..."I'm probably going to ruin the guy... Read More

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  • Once again ... from WinesTilSoldOut ... another Gaja wine ... Original: ... ... rich and inviting aromas of cassis, licorice, minerals, earth, graphite and smoky oak. Sweet, rich, broad and enveloping, with layered, building flavors of black fruits, violet, licorice, dark chocolate, tobacco and minerals. An exceptionally suave, varietally true... Read More

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  • The wines as ranked by the players:12 - 2005 Simi Alexander Valley 13.5% - $ ... ... some classic vanilla and cassis notes while John noticed dark red fruits, licorice, and a candy aroma. All in all this wine lagged the group and while perfectly serviceable was a disappointment.2) 2006 Toasted Head North Coast Cabernet - 13.5% - $15 ... Read More

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  • Wines tasted for this report Flight 12005 Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet ... ... ... Lots of emergent red cassis notes. Smells pretty fresh and well balanced. Medium bodied, a bit too much drying tannin right up front and a touch lean on the mid-palate but with nice freshness, and a good balance of fruit, earth, and wood spice notes. Refreshi... Read More

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