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Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rose 2014

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Unctuous, long and beautiful Rose. Always a challenge to define a complex Rose, so here are few thoughts. Nose like strawberry and melon. Palate makes this wine about texture and energy - rounded without being overt fruit, and so balanced. Loved it with a light chicken casserole over dinner. 13.5%alc. - Michael L

Importer Note:

Grapes: 90% Tibouren and 10% Gren­cache
Vine age: 30 + years
Soil: Schist
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Vinification: Temperature controlled fer­mentation in stainless steel and aged under fleurette in 100-year-old foudres for 1 year.

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The property of Clos Cibonne dates back to 1797 when the Roux Family purchased it from Jean Baptiste de Cibon, captain of the royal marines of Louis XVI. In 1930, André Roux modernized the winery in order to pursue his goal of producing top quality wines at the estate. This revival ignited an era of fame for the rosés of Clos Cibonne.

In the 1980s, hard times fell upon the estate and it drifted without clear direction until Bridget, André Roux’s granddaughter, and her husband, Claude Deforge, took it over in the late 1990s. Their immediate goal was to bring the estate back to its former grandeur. By renovating the cellars while preserving the tradition of aging in old foudres, the family began to reestablish the vaunted reputation of the domaine. Thanks to their efforts Clos Cibonne once again lives up to its standing as one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence.

The heart of the estate is their Tibouren. André Roux was a great fan of this native varietal and believed it to be the ideal grape for the region. As part of his revitalization he replaced all of the estate’s Mourvèdre with Tibouren. Clos Cibonne soon became synonymous with Tibouren and received special permission from the A.O.C. to list the grape on its labels.

The estate’s 15 hectares of vineyards are located a mere 800 meters from the coast and are surrounded by hillsides in the base of a bowl that faces the sea. This topography creates air circulation that allows for perfect maturation of the grapes and helps to reduce vintage variation. After harvest, the wines are fermented in stainless steel and then aged under fleurette (a thin veil of yeast) in 100-year-old, 500L foudres.

Clos Cibonne crafts a wine that is completely its own through combining a rare grape with a unique aging process. There are three rosés currently available from the estate: the 'Tradition' rosé, Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes (only in magnum) and Cuvée Caroline that is sourced only from the estate’s oldest vines. These wines are complemented by the Cuvée Spéciale Tibouren, a unique red wine made from Tibouren.

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Red Rose
Sub-RegionCotes de Provence

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