Clos Cibonne
Vignettes Rosé 2016
Provence, France

$57.00

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Style: Rosé: Medium bodied. Textured, spicy with weight.

Producer: Clos Cibonne

Region: Provence, France

Grape: Tibouren 90% / Grenache 10%

Vintage: 2016

Soil: Clay

Farming: Organic

Oak: Large, 100 year old oak cask

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: 30 minutes before drinking

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: The difference between this wine and the Tradition Rosé is that the Vignettes is from the oldest Tibouren vines on the property, that are more than 40 years old. This brings an added depth, weight, texture and complexity not seen in the Tradition. There’s red fruits here, but not super high toned and perfumed as in other Côtes de Provence rosé. Under this is the real beauty – orange zest, clove, spice, red current, camomile, sea spray – the list goes on. It’s highly complex and very unique. The palate is all about texture while having flavour intensity to match. One must taste to really understand the beauty of these wines. I have had the pleasure to drink old bottles from the 80’s and 90’s so don’t hesitate to stash a couple of bottles away. Very special. 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.

Description

Review

Style: Rosé: Medium bodied. Textured, spicy with weight.

Producer: Clos Cibonne

Region: Provence, France

Grape: Tibouren 90% / Grenache 10%

Vintage: 2016

Soil: Clay

Farming: Organic

Oak: Large, 100 year old oak cask

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: 30 minutes before drinking

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: The difference between this wine and the Tradition Rosé is that the Vignettes is from the oldest Tibouren vines on the property, that are more than 40 years old. This brings an added depth, weight, texture and complexity not seen in the Tradition. There’s red fruits here, but not super high toned and perfumed as in other Côtes de Provence rosé. Under this is the real beauty – orange zest, clove, spice, red current, camomile, sea spray – the list goes on. It’s highly complex and very unique. The palate is all about texture while having flavour intensity to match. One must taste to really understand the beauty of these wines. I have had the pleasure to drink old bottles from the 80’s and 90’s so don’t hesitate to stash a couple of bottles away. Very special. Sebastian Crowther MS