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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Syrah

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  • Merlot

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Grenache

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  • Du Toitskloof Cabernet/Shiraz NV


    Dark red and with berry fragrance. Not too dry and long leg, typical of South Africa wine. Low in tannin. Short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by danlimfl

  • Domaine du Paternel Cassis Blanc de Blancs 2010


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    Wine review by ceesem

  • Though only a small portion of the final blend, the Cabernet Franc rises from ... the palate with deep cherry, cassis, and chewy blackberry.  Broad yet beautifully balanced, the finish reveals the value and vindication in being patient.Good stuff, and another example of a second label proving to be the affordable & reliable optio Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2001 La Closerie de Fourtet

  • Greetings all,I have just returned from Shanghai, where I was invited to be a ... exudes red and dark cherry, cassis and hints of cedar. The attack is brisk and I love the sap filled mid palate. The texture is raw at this stage, tannic presence but such excellent tannin, never drying, but, again, raw for now. This is an exceptional wine, aptly... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Long notes from Vinexpo......

  • Bols Crme de Cassis Bols NV


    The wasabi taste is there, granted, but what you expect is the fire, and there's no fire. There's just a taste that is reminiscent of freshly cut grass. And luckily, like it's namesake, the flavor dies down after a minute or so.Spring this on your friends if you want them to make a face, like a baby trying a lemon for the first time. Read More

    Wine review by tastypaper

  • Well I opened a 1997 Domaine Ramonet Batard Montrachet and it is gone....for ... made a Kir with it (Creme de cassis - liqueur of blackcurrant) DELICIOUS !! Read More

    Forum post in the topic What to do with turned white...

  • 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


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    Wine review by mhnguye2

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