Clos Cibonne
Vignettes Rosé, Caroline Rosé & Rouge
Provence, France
Mixed 3 Pack

$160.00

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Included in this Pack:

1 bottles 2016 Clos Cibonne Vignettes Rosé

1 bottles 2017 Clos Cibonne Caroline Rosé

1 bottles 2018 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rouge

The Wines:

2016 Clos Cibonne Vignettes Rosé: 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.

2017 Clos Cibonne Caroline Rosé: 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.

2018 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rouge: I often discribe this wine as Beaujolais of the south, due to it’s light body, fresh acidity and silky texture. It’s a wonderful expression of an ancient grape from Provence. Baked red fruits, strawberry, cranberry, morello cherry and black berry mingle with tobacco, thyme, lavender and fresh dark earth. The palate is a joy of soft, silky fruits that gush, leaving you thirsty for more.

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

Included in this Pack:

1 bottles 2016 Clos Cibonne Vignettes Rosé

1 bottles 2017 Clos Cibonne Caroline Rosé

1 bottles 2018 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rouge

The Wines:

2016 Clos Cibonne Vignettes Rosé: 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.

2017 Clos Cibonne Caroline Rosé: 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.

2018 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rouge: I often discribe this wine as Beaujolais of the south, due to it’s light body, fresh acidity and silky texture. It’s a wonderful expression of an ancient grape from Provence. Baked red fruits, strawberry, cranberry, morello cherry and black berry mingle with tobacco, thyme, lavender and fresh dark earth. The palate is a joy of soft, silky fruits that gush, leaving you thirsty for more.

Sebastian Crowther MS