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Beautiful Cassis

Clos Sainte Magdeleine is one of the iconic producers in Provence. Located just outside the port city of Cassis, their vines are perched on the beautiful limestone cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean. Due to the proximity of the ocean these wines have a certain salinity and freshness to them. Being certified organic, I first met the proprietors François and Jonathan Sack at Millésime Bio in Montpellier. It was nice to taste through their lineup while Jonathan was describing the details about each cuvée. When I asked him about his struggles, he mentioned that he is starting to see some effects from climate change and his vines have been struggling to produce fruit. He has been advocating for different varietals to be used more in the blends. The heavier white and red Rhône varietals get too alcoholic and loose acid if the growing season is too hot. As of now there has been no changes to the AOC/AOP. At almost 6 years old the 2013 Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cassis Blanc is drinking very well. Marsanne is the most used varietal in the blend. The other varietals used are Ugni Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Young or old these wines are always highly aromatic. Notes of white peach, honeysuckle, wild herbs and citrus zest. I would also recommend trying their Cassis Rosé or the single vineyard Cassis Blanc “Bel-Arme”. Classically, their wines are fantastic with fish but I equally enjoy them with cheese and charcuterie.

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