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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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  • 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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  • Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc 2007

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  • Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc 2007

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  • Lots of InterestMorrell Wine AuctionsLive Internet ... jammy black-cherry and cassis-scented nose. Full-bodied, opulent, and succulent..." 92 points, RMP.Above 5 Bottles$200 - $400Lot # 200Chassagne-Montrachet, L. Latour - Vintage 1989Côte de Beaune,Seven levels are 1" below cork or better. Five labels are lightly bin soiled.7 Bottles$110 - $22... Read More

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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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