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Cassis (not to be confused with the blackcurrant liqueur of the same name) is an appellation created in 1936 [although viticulture here can be traced as far back as the ancient Greeks in 500BC. for red,rose and white wines [70% are vwhite] from a single commune around the seaside village of that name 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).

 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. 

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  • On Saturday afternoon, Zufrieden and I went to a fellow wine aficionado's ... It has a pronounced nose of cassis, mint and black olive. All elements carry thru on a medium-plus weight and lingering finish. Really well done. Very proud to call this BC wine.The Boekenhoutskloof Cab (with 8% Cabernet Franc) is a gem. It is medium dark in the glas... Read More

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  • We both double decanted our wines and met at the restaurant.  We had them ... the cab was classic currant/cassis, blackberry and still quite fragrant.  The Sassacaia was muted and although the mouth feel was good, it had bright cherry notes, little tannin and was leaving us perplexed.  I suggest we enjoy the Sassacaia while awating the arrival... Read More

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  • Clos St. Magdeleine Cassis Blanc 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [] for £22. Casis is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture here has been traced back as far as the ancient Greeks in 500BC,for red,rose and white wines [70% are white] from a single commune around the seaside village of that name 12 miles south-east of Marseilles.M... Read More

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  • Last night my son and I had a bottle of this:The 2015 Limerick Lane RRV ... - ... - mostly pepper - anise and cassis this had some medium chewy tannins and well balanced acidit Read More

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  •  Nice, mouth-filling wine.  Lots of dark fruit—blackberry, ... ... definitely not getting the cassis that I see in a lot of Napa Cabs.  A little “jammy.”.  Very sedate tannin, in my opinion.  Nice acidic piquancy subdues the jammy observation.&nbs Read More

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  • Wonderful bottle of Markham Napa Valley Merlot 2013.  Dark cherry, plum ... dark berry fruit.  Some cassis leads to earthy notes a tad bit of wood, spice, moderate tannins and good acidity.  This has aged well and could last to 2-3 more year Read More

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  • De Kuyper Creme de Cassis Fruit Liqueur


    Must have sweet black currant ingredient to make a Kir or Kir Royale. Just a splash into a Beringer Moscato or Asti Champagne for a drink that'll be talked about for days. If you like currants, you'll love this. Read More

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  • My last experience with Smith-Madrone was meh.  I am pleased to report ... ... Nicely settled black cassis fruit.  Towards the back of the palate there are certainly the suggestions of leather or tobacco.  A decade, or so, of bottle age has certainly calmed down the tannins, but this wine is no wimp.  It will stand up to the most robust meal.... Read More

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  • Paul, hang in there.  I'm still around, but my PC is going wonky, ... ... ... dark fruit--blackberry, cassis, maybe, black plum--on entry.  However, the tannin that I crave to give a wine some structure was surprisingly light.  There was some acid--which led me to the plum descriptor--but, again, I would have liked mor Read More

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  • Hey v v, how is the stocking of the new storage space progressing? We were ... Mellow dark fruit on entry--cassis, blueberry, maybe, some prune.  Then you get the rough leathery sensation from tannin.  Nice acid on the rear palate balances out the fruit and tannin.  Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that it has been months since I purchased this w... Read More

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