Clos Cibonne - 2018 Tibouren Rouge
"I often describe 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, importer
Some trivia: 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. André Roux modernised the winery in 1930, but in the 1980s hard times fell upon the estate and it drifted without clear direction until Bridget – André’s granddaughter – took it over in the late 1990s and brought the estate back to its former glory. Today, Clos Cibonne is one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence. The heart of the estate is the native varietal Tibouren, of which André Roux was a huge and 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 ha of organically-farmed vineyards are surrounded by hillsides in the base of a bowl that faces the sea, creating air circulation that allows for perfect grape maturation.
This '18 rouge will make you re-evaluate what you think you know about reds from Provence.
Varietal Tibouren, Grenache|| Region Provence, France || ABV 13.5% || Vol 750ml