Take a drive with us along the Côte d’Azur to Cassis, one of the prettiest harbor villages you’ll ever see. But first, let’s pop open one of these Provençal beauties to enjoy on the way:
Clos Sainte-Magdeleine Cassis
2015 Cassis Blanc 2015. $33.99 per bottle.
2015 Cassis Blanc “Bel Arme.” $48.99 per bottle. Only 1 case available.
2016 Cassis Rosé. $36.99 per bottle.
Domaine du Gros Noré Bandol
2015 Bandol Blanc. $33.99 per bottle.
2016 Bandol Rosé. $29.99 per bottle. Only 1 case available.
2014 Bandol Rouge. $39.99 per bottle.
2015 Bandol Rouge. $42.99 per bottle.
The 30 minute drive from Aix-en-Provence to Cassis is a nice warm up to what you’ll discover thereafter. The freeway takes you through the Soubeyran Cliffs and as you exit the highway, the road winds down toward the city, with a plunging view over miles of terraced vineyards, all seeming to use the last spots of cultivable land over the rocks.
Make a quick left and opt for the “Route des Cretes” (mountaintop road). The crest of the mountain will offer you unbelievable views from Cap Canaille extending across all the calanques (small inlets along the coast). The seawater within the calanques is aqua green and the sides are completely vertical stone walls where nothing grows except for “parasite pines” — trees that are obstinate enough to grow from within the rock!