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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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  • 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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  • I just grabbed a deal on Wines Till Sold Out (WTSO):Languedoc 2008 Domaine ... Lovely black fruit notes of cassis and plum jam meet botanical herbs and cocoa nibs in a densely wrapped mouthful which blossoms with just a little time in the glass. Concentrated flavors of this magnitude, for this price, is a true value.&quo Read More

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  • This is pertinent to that other thread I started on product placements (sortof) ... 2010. Full-bodied, with rich cassis, subtle burning embers and spice followed by velvety, well-integrated tannins, the wine is lush, expansive, savory and profound. This is a remarkable wine that could be drunk at a reasonably young age, but should cellar brilli... Read More

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  • Continuing the survey of 1997 Cabernet Sauvignons in my inventory, I had this ... on the tip of the tongue--cassis/prune.  As the wine moves back fruit is gone, replaced by woody and earthy sensations.  As you might imagine tannins and acids, while detectable, are mostly resolved.  As I first reported, this is a good wine.  However, it is not ... Read More

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  • I remember when Cassini was launched!  I was about 7!  :)VV, ... Cab ... Cab Sav mouth, like plum, cassis, I got lots of cedar or pencil shavings...the only fault really was the alcohol, the finish was basically 'heat'.  Followed this with a Kettle Valley Petit Verdot (2009) which was gorgeous.  Very fragrant, lighter than the Cassini, but bet... Read More

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  • Exactly my problem DV!! That's why everything is unclear to me.Diego - in ... herbal . . . blah blah . . .cassis (which is of course a black fruit) . . ." and so on. Then you throw in a few completely meaningless phrases like "Asian spice" and you're good. You have a tasting note.It gets even better when you're talking about white wine. You ca... Read More

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  • A nice surprise this morning - our daughter-in-law's parents dropped off a ... ... quantities of creme de cassis and blackberry fruit, silky tannins, a voluptuous texture and stunning purity...a fabulous example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a tribute to this amazing family."I think we'll put this one in the cellar for a little... Read More

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