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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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  • G. E. Massenez Creme de Cassis de Dijon Fruit Liqueur


    Quite a nice crème de cassis, very different in character and mouth feel from the Pierre-Marie Chermette to which I also gave a 5-glass rating. A bit lighter and fresher than the Chermette, nice smooth currant flavor. I admit that I've only had the opportunity to try three different brands of French crème de cassis available in the U.S. - this o... Read More

    Wine review by TBCheval

  • Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Creme de Cassis Liqueur NV


    Rich, velvety and smooth. My rating might be a tad inflated due to the ... ... ... lack of decent crème de cassis available in the U.S. But this is so far superior to the Hiram Walker or Bols travesties found on most store shelves that I cannot give it less than 5 glasses. None of my local stores carry any decent crème de cassis so I must orde... Read More

    Wine review by TBCheval

  • Opened a Gruaud Larose 1996 last night but fatal error of not decanting. First ... later, the wine developed cassis and light graphite aromas, although still some brett, but not so much as to detract. The palate was like the color: deep. There was much tannin on the finish, so if you have any 96s, hold on to them.If you want to open now, be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Gruaud Larose 1996: decant...

  • Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by mhnguye2

  • Clos d'Albizzi 2008


    it has some rosé flavorsvery nice stucture Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Hospice du Rhone, the brainchild of John Alban, has become Spring's epicenter ... primary fruit the likes of cassis, pepper and a basket's worth of deep red cherries.  An explosive attack fans out to a big splash, with the midpalate fleshing out a big punch of anise & spicy new oak.  Rock solid & pure baby fat, with firm, yet refined threads o... Read More

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  • Du Toitskloof Cabernet/Shiraz NV


    An accessible well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend with soft and ripe tannins. The typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of juicy black berries, ripe red berries and mint undertones are paired well with the Shirazs pepper and spice to create a rich medium bodied wine. Less the 3 in the SA shops, best value 2010 (wine magazine)F... Read More

    Wine review by LiveTheLife

  • Taste this one last week. Bordeaux style wines that made in ... of violets, creme de cassis. spring flowers. Full bodies with fruity tannins, low acid. But this is not a powerful one, I recommend breathing time half an hour is enough and finish it within two hours Read More

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  • Travel the roads of London, Paris in mid of Feb and very happy that can squeeze ... Averous : minerals taste and cassis. The 2000 vintage bottles that I have taste before this trip is more memorable.Please find some photos for this trip in the following facebook link and please excuse that I am not a professional photogragher. http://www.facebo... Read More

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  • I just opened a bottle of this last night and it was really great. I am not ... table suggested almonds and cassis. It is not on the Snooth listing and even I tried to google it and no results.Out of business? On the back label it states a blend of Cabernet and Merlot, which is pretty normal, but this wine had a unique flavor. It is Italian an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pra Di Pradis, Stukara 1990:...

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