Clos Cibonne
Caroline Rosé 2017
Provence, France

$60.00

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Style: Rosé: Full bodied, powerful, age-worthy.

Producer: Clos Cibonne

Region: Provence, France

Grape: Tibouren 85% / Grenache 10% / Syrah 5%

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Clay

Farming: Organic

Oak: New, 300L Barrels

Alcohol: 14%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: 30 minutes before drinking

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: One of the most unique and specials of rosé that you are likely to find on the planet. Made primarily with a local grape called Tibouren, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and transferred into 300L barrel for 10 months of ageing, Bright, dense red fruits – cherry, red current and strawberry are backed by spice, vanilla, nutmeg and clove. The palate is full bodied and powerful while having ample acidity to keep it fresh. Certainly one that will benefit from time in the cellar. Serve with duck and you’ll understand our purpose. Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

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.

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Review

Style: Rosé: Full bodied, powerful, age-worthy.

Producer: Clos Cibonne

Region: Provence, France

Grape: Tibouren 85% / Grenache 10% / Syrah 5%

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Clay

Farming: Organic

Oak: New, 300L Barrels

Alcohol: 14%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: 30 minutes before drinking

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: One of the most unique and specials of rosé that you are likely to find on the planet. Made primarily with a local grape called Tibouren, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and transferred into 300L barrel for 10 months of ageing, Bright, dense red fruits – cherry, red current and strawberry are backed by spice, vanilla, nutmeg and clove. The palate is full bodied and powerful while having ample acidity to keep it fresh. Certainly one that will benefit from time in the cellar. Serve with duck and you’ll understand our purpose. Sebastian Crowther MS