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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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Syrah

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Ric Forman I'm guessing on this bottle...absolutely stunning. One of the ... ... to drink. Great earthy, cassis, action on the nose. Excellent freshness and energy still, tasty extract fills the flavor, forest floor and tobacco in the background. Long on the finish, robust, chalky and chewy tannins. This is just awesom Read More

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  • Looking at some notebooks the next 2 flights were '07 Vintage.'07 ... ... ... Hills - White pepper and cassis, dark red fruit, soft integrated acid, fruit and tannins. Slight grip.'07 Bunnell Clifton Hill - Savory green peppercorn, stemmy nose. Rich ripe red berry bordering on purple. Juicy, nice acid. I spent time with the Pax this morning.'0... Read More

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  • Tonight, a Cab, and a good one!  2001 Whitehall Lane Cab Sauv ... Whoo ... Whoo hoo!Love this cab... cassis/currant on the nose, along with oak.  Palate showing cassis, a bit of coffee, vanilla, oak, and a nice rounding of anise and tad herbaceousness.  Finishes quick and nice. Not a fruit bomb by any means. Nice acidity.  Hoping the rest of m... Read More

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  • Nope, just a normal 375 sample bottle DV. As for the notes... Got to taste ... and Kennefick 2 barrels - Cassis, red fruit and black pepper, graphite. '12 Myriad BG3 - Black currant, blackberry, blueberry, nicely layered, good spice mix. '12 Myriad 3 Twins - All fruit nose, no spice mid palate shut down but creamy fruit and tannins hit late. '1... Read More

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  • Well we are back from the Glen Ellen/Kenwood trip. We found a few wines we ... ... It has more of a red fruit/cassis note than most cabs I am used to, with coffee/vanilla on the palate as well.  Decided I would buy some of that and take my chances with headache issues.  I also liked the VOTM 2012 sonoma coast chard....  nice pear/apple with cr... Read More

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  • We're having Matambre, tonight, but there is not an Argeninian wine in the ... ... for friendly berry or cassis flavors, this ain't got it.  It still has some pretty robust tannin, and some acid.  After snacking on some olives (Trader Joe's Greek Medley), berry flavor does emerge and the wine is not as intimidating.Continuing on the Germanic ... Read More

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  • We've been traveling--friends' wedding in North Carolina.  So, ... to lack Cab fruit flavors--cassis, dark berry--that I expect.  Not terribly full-bodied and not one to lay down.Merlot -- Characteristics like the Chardonnay--not integrated, not terribly balanced--and with an annoying resiny flavor.Muscadine -- We had to try the wine made from... 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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