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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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  • 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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  • Getting back into the groove, tonight.  Went slightly deep into the wine ... that is confirmed by lots of cassis on the tongue--with some "sweetness."  Fully resolved tannin and acid make this wine very easy to sip even without solid food accompaniment.  Maybe not a "great" wine, but, certainly solid.&nbs Read More

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  • This one is pretty darned good.  And, yes, Fox, I actually opened it ... ... various berry flavors—cassis, blueberry on the sweetish side and cranberry (?) on the tartish side.  Leathery notes as the wine passes mid-palate—might also be more of a dark chocolate thing.  A nice full-bodied wine whose tannins appear to be completely resolved.And,... Read More

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  • OT-very nice wines. Sounds like the Becklyn while good needs some time on its ... a little blackberry,  cassis, firm tannins but somewhat intergrated, low acidity and a long finish. I'll check back in on another  next year. &nbs Read More

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  • Further up this thread, there was discussion of whether Aligote was worth ... ... if inclined - add a bit of Cassis - otherwise pair alongside oysters, prawns or fresh goat chees Read More

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  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... with flavors of blackberry, cassis, and cranberry enhanced by notes of black pepper, cedar, coffee, and cocoa.Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry Cabernet Blend: A bold decision in 1938 to use French oak barrels resulted in California’s first “cult” Cabernet. Since 1990, Tapestry has consistently been ... Read More

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  • Well it wouldn't be a fair fight from my experience. Probably had somewhere ... but where's the creme de cassis'? Part of that volume came from some curmudgeonly taste-offs over a couple of weeks in France where a couple of us said 'it can't all be bad, let's find the good stuff'. I remember Ponsot's and a couple more being almost drinkable.Hey... Read More

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  • Well, so far it's been a pretty good day.  Good races from Monaco and ... CS hit of cassis on the tongue.  Also, a suggestion of oaky vanilla.  Then, almost, some anise.  Subdued tannin and balancing acid makes this on a very easy drinker.   Clearly, a “New World” styled wine.  I suppose it may improve with some sideways years--but, why 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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