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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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  • Here's the note from the Silverback website: 2010 ... year. Dark, deep red fruits, cassis and demerara emerge as the wine develops in the glass. The wine finishes with high notes of violets and pencil shavings. Full in the mouth with a long, lingering finish and fine, drying tannins. Detailed in the nose with cedar, graphite and anise character... Read More

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  • DM, your description of the the malady that has hit your office sounds exactly ... ...  Very light on the cassis fruit.  Mid-palate earthiness--dare I say "Rutherford Dust?"  Tannin is almost fully resolved.  Not the biggest CS I've ever had, but that is not a bad thing.  I'm a happy campe Read More

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  • Getting back on the CS horse with some Oroppas from St. Clement: When I ... ... resolved tannins support cassis and plum flavors on introduction.  I get a kinda anise herbalness mid-palate. A pretty robust wine that I am going to love with tonight's grilled Tri-tip--a happy trip to Costco, toda Read More

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  • Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.I picked up this Wa ...  There is some Cabernet cassis fruit, but I am having to look for it.  Yeah, I get the cigar box or tobacco thing mid-palate, but the aftertaste is just, well, moldy. I'm going to be generous and say that I just picked a bad bottle and move on.The research continue Read More

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  • Opened this one tonight....   has settled down fantastically- earthy, coffee, cassis, and a tiny finish of black pepper.  FANTASTIC!!!!   I would say drink now, but who knows how much longer it would go.  The tannins are nicely rounded out.  Beautiful dark, burgundy/coppery  color.  Wish I had a case. Read More

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  • Nice update OT, looks like a lot of fun wines.Mike sold me on the Weitz when I ... ... plum and black cherries, cassis, earth flood the palate with good freshness and good medium viscosity. Very easy to drink, and while not super complex, this wine has an effortless nature to it that's very charming. At $30, I may look for another bottle or s Read More

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  • Oh crap.  I'm really liking this one:And the ... like the slight hit of cassis on entry, but I love the fact that it fades, and I know I'm drinking wine--not fruit syrup.  It has an unusal mouthfeel--it seems to be more viscous or more dense than most ofther wines.  I wonder if that is a deception from the tannin.  This wine is not "mountain fr... Read More

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  • Been out all day chasing meetings across various parts of town. Breakfast at ... ... not all the way to black cassis. A bit of smokiness and light pie-spice. All to some width and depth, with a medium finish. Melding of sweetness and tartness done so well that it enters the realm of 'umami'. Enough structure and tightness to make that possible... Read More

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  • Quick note:  We're now staying at our first house sit, officially have ... ... no cab in either, but cassis, a little leafy mint, sweet tannins.  Very cool. Tomorrow my friends and I catch up at a new S. French place with a wine list that isn't inspiring me, so I'll take one bottle and buy one to waive the corkage.  I'll try to report back, bu... Read More

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  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... I sensed a bit of berry or cassis, but not overwhelming.  I tasted more anise than berry, but, again, not dominating.  Fairly firm tanning and acid--both detectable and both enjoyable.So, I walked out of the classroom with my Rioja, and walked over to the entrance to... Read More

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