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Cassis wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Provence
Country: France

The Cassis wine appellation is one that encompasses an area of breathtaking scenic beauty. Situated just east of Marseille, the vineyards cling to the steep coastal slopes and are bathed by morning sea mists. The appellation is restricted to just the seaside commune of Cassis and covers only 80 hectares.
The Cassis appellation was one of the first in the country to be established (May, 1936) along with Arbois and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
While red, white and rose wines are produced here it is the delicate, floral, flinty, citrus whites that have captured our hearts.
The whites are blended from a variety of grapes. The principal varieties are Clairette and Marsanne which together must comprise 60% of the blend, with Marsanne comprising a minimum of 30%. They are supported by the secondary varieties of Ugni Blanc, Pascal Blanc, Doucillon (the local name for Bourboulenc) and Sauvignon Blanc.
Some nice rose wines are produced here from Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Barbaroux. The less popular reds are assembled from the same grape varieties.
The flinty, salty Clos St Magdeleine being a particular favourite. This wine is a perfect accompaniment for local seafood dishes such as the famous bourride.
The village of Cassis and some interesting information about the Cassis wine appellation are included in the book entitled The most beautiful Wine Villages of France which you can order from by clicking on the link below.
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