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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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  • From my friend Hardy Wallace who is the wine maker for Dirty & Rowdy Family ... ... profile with tar, smoke, cassis. Lively dark red currants and black cherries envelop the mouth. Lean in texture but rich in flavor with the old vine complexity pushing through. A mere baby at 12 years old but delicious.2005 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon... Read More

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  • Yesterday proved to me that this wine is no fluke, it's a very good to ... ... nose was open and rich with cassis, licorice, earth, vanilla/oak, and dark berries. It has medium plus body, with delicious red and black fruits, and good/judicious oak supporting. Sports mellow to moderate tannins and finishes well. An unexpected Napa glory. 13.5% ... Read More

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  • So, I'm back after my trip to Denmark (and Italy, but more about that ... ... and a very aromatic nose of cassis, black pepper and nutmeg. The palate is dry and the body medium-full with a slight chewy texture. The attack is dominated by both red and black currants followed by a mid-palate of spice (mostly black pepper) and strong oak, which l... Read More

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  • I recently attended a tasting of CVNE wines, these were really nice ... ... Flavours of blackcurrant, cassis and fleshy cherry fruit with a persistent finish. Drink now – 202 Read More

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  • Hey N. Cal. guys, does anybody know anything about this winery -- Les Caves ... find rich notes of smoke, cassis, acacia flowers, earth and leather. Full bodied with a core of blackberries, espresso and toast. California syrah at it’s best!The vineyard has its own private valley????  Other vineyards are excluded????I don't know why that tickle... Read More

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  • Domaine Bagnol Cassis Rose 2010


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  • Domaine du Paternel Cassis Blanc Ml 2006


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  •  2010, 2009, 2003, 2001, 1995 and 1989 You can catch my full report ... participants. Blackberry and cassis, with notions of menthol freshness. Juicy and crisp, too: does not have heaviness that one can get from 2003. Great wine. I found few people who did not like it. Actually, even those who preferred the 2001, agreed that the 2003 was a gre... Read More

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  • Anyone noticing how RP is carefully measuring his response to what many agree ... ... by abundant aromas of cassis, blackberries, black cherries, licorice and a hint of charcoal. The wine possesses good acidity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and terrific precision. It is a big wine that should age well for up to a decade. " Lots of those comments o... Read More

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  • Hi there! I am planning on doing a road trip through Provence and Southern ... ... ... Saint Tropez, Bandol, Cassis, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Tavel, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de- Venise, Chateauneuf de Pape  what do you thin Read More

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