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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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  • "So what does improve crap wine?" Need some specifics. E.g.:crap ... Bourgogne Aligote: creme de cassismany cheap mittel-european whites: sparkling water and a lemon twistmany (but not all) reds (and some whites): long slow braise with meat, a la daube...Gallo's Carlo Rossi: a good Sangria recipeThunderbird and Night Train and others of the ilk... Read More

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  • Sounds like a nice memory of your visit.In Germany and particularly Austria ... ... its addition of creme de cassis to white wine) in Burgundy, which I seem to remember was first promoted by a local politician who was trying to get greater use out of Bougogne aligote, which is such a weak grape compared to the more ubiquitous (and tasty) chard... Read More

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  • DV, you crack me up.  I can only imagine how I would sound trying to post ... ... of charcoal, blackberry, cassis and spring flowers as well as a hint of subtle background oak, the wine is opulent, sumptuously textured, dense, pure and multi-dimensional.".  I couldn't have described it better mysel Read More

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  • I opened the first three half an hour before drinking.  We had two glasses ... the nose.  Blackberry, cassis, hint of smoke, slight citrus, hint of cherry.  Still a bit tannic and could go another 1-3 years.  Beringer, cherry, hint of mint on the nose.  Stone fruit, bit of blueberry, hint of leather and smoke.  Well, they liked the Beringer the... Read More

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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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