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Quelle Elegance! A Luxuriant Provencal Rose

2019 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Grand Cru Classe
April 22, 2021


 

Quelle Elegance!

A Luxuriant Provencal Rose

2019 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Grand  Cru Classe

 

´╗┐Our two favorite Proven├žal roses arrived this week. One has sold out; the other remains. Newly released 2019, it is full-bodied and all the richer for the additional time on the lees in the cellar. A Provencal classic.

 

2019 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Grand Cru Classe
The Pleasures of Piquant Tibouren 

 

Tibouren

Unique among Provencal estates, Cibonne focuses on the indigenous Tibouren grape, which gives notes of blood orange, fennel, and sweet spice to a wine of as much body, length and ageability as Ch. Simone.

The Grape Most of the relatively few Provencal estates to grow Tibouren use little of it to add weight and character to their wines. It is a fickle and difficult grape to grow. I have tasted it as the main grape only in Clos Cibonne, where it is 90% of the wine.

The Vineyard Clos Cibonne is a single property that has been in the hands of the Roux family since 1804. It lies on cooler wind-swept heights overlooking the Mediterranean and the harbor of Toulon. It has specialized in Tibouren since the 1930s and was recognized in 1955 as one of only 14 top Cru Classe estates in Provence.

The Winemaking is as wonderfully retro as the label. The temperature-controlled fermentation that preserves fruit and refreshing acidity is modern enough, but then the wine spends a whole year on the lees in large wooden vats.

This makes it richer and more textured than most all of the quick-to-bottle Provence Roses you are used to.

 

2019 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Rose of Tibouren  

$35, case of 12 357. 29.75, Six bottles  189 (31.50)

 

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