The Tibouren wines of Clos Cibonne, in Provence
The Clos Cibonne, situated in Pradet in the department of the Var, is amongst the 18 crus classés de Provence of 1955. The family-run winery Clos Cibonne has belonged to the Roux family for numerous generations, and in 2003, André Roux's granddaughter took Clos Cibonne over with her husband Claude Desforges and their son Oliver.
The Clos Cibonne is particularly noted for its production based on a little-known local varietal, the Tibouren, which all but disappeared from Provence following phylloxéra. In the 1930's, André Roux found some vines that had survived and from which he developed massal selections that permitted Clos Cibonne to include Tibouren in their production of Provence reds and Provence rosés. Tibouren's depth, light maritime salinity and provençale aspects set the wines of Clos Cibonne apart. Their salmon and orange-tinted rosés, deliciously spicy, dominate their production and make them grands vins of gastronomy that pair perfectly with Mediterranean cuisine. The Clos Cibonne rosé Prestige "cuvée Caroline", a blend of 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache that benefits from careful ageing in 300 litre new oak barrels, displays a delicate nose of roasted red fruit, candied citrus fruits, spices with an exotic touch. It's full and rich body develop particularly fresh vinosity, a superb gastronomic rosé that offers a deliciously long and fruity finish. It's also one of the rare rosés that can benefit and develop from ageing, anywhere from 3 to 6 years and beyond. An exceptional wine for its scale and finesse. Much simpler and immediate is the rosé "Tendances", a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 15% Tibouren. The nose, fine and discreet, is of peaches, apricots and spices. Simpler, it is the perfect aperitive rosé or the beginning of a meal. The rosé "Château Cibon Marius", presents a coppery and amber colour with a complex nose of lilies, lemon, pears, almonds, muscade and cloves. It's a wine of character, inviting with a long exotic finish of honey, gingerbread, lightly buttery, slightly oaky and spicy. A Grand vin meant to be enjoyed with a meal. The red Clos Cibonne "Tradition" Tibouren is relatively recent for the domaine Cibonne, the first vintage being 2009. It's a blend of 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache that displays a bright ruby robe, a generous nose of red fruits and spices. It's silky, elegant and fine yet would perfectly pair with grilled or roasted meats. Discover the famous Tibouren grape in the wines of Clos Cibonne that are sure to entice you.
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