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Clos Ste. Magdeleine Cassis

I’m sharing my enthusiasm for one of the best tasting white wines I have ever encountered, Clos Ste. Magdeleine Cassis Blanc from Provence, France.


This week I’m sharing my enthusiasm for one of the best tasting white wines I have ever encountered. It’s an amazing wine that is currently selling in Utah at an equally amazing price of a mere $22.41. It is Clos Ste. Magdeleine Cassis Blanc from the Provence region of France. 

I love a crisp white wine with a firm mineral backbone and this wine has it in spades. You can taste the sandstone and sandy marl soil the grapes were planted in. Those grapes are 40% Marsanne, 30% Ugni Blanc, 25% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc.

Winemaker Jonathan Sack, who took over for his father in running Clos Ste. Magdeleine in 2008, converted the winery to organic viticulture in 2012 and is a champion of noninterventionist winemaking methods such as native yeast fermentation to help express, in this case, the seaside terroir of Clos Ste. Magdaleine. It is one of the most visually stunning wineries I’ve ever seen.

Equally gorgeous are the aromas and flavors that burst from this wonderful white wine: peach, apricot and citrus balanced by a slight salinity with no oak, since this Cassis Blanc is aged for 14-18 months in stainless steel. Run out and buy a bottle or two if you can find it.  



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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