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Producer : Clos Cibonne
Region : France (France), Provence (France)
Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Olivier Salad, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Salad, Soft Cheese, Vegetables, White Meat
This 15ha property overlooking Toulon harbour has been part of the Roux family’s ancestry for almost 230 years. It wasn’t until 1930 that André Roux decided to dedicate the land exclusively to vines, especially the ancient variety Tibouren – not widely planted outside Provence, this is an intensely aromatic black grape with a thin skin, which is notoriously difficult to grow. The family still champions Tibouren, which makes up 90% of its vineyards, and some plots are more than 50 years old.
"Orange. Lots of new oak on the nose. New oak on the palate gives richness and oomph. Oranges, dried apricots, long saline mineral acidity balancing new oak."
Elizabeth Gabay MW
"Orangey. Deep and complex nose of spice, dried peach and oak. Concentrated, complex, richly textured palate with spicy, dried-flower notes and baking bread; breadth, length and graceful mineral-fresh notes."
"Oaky and slightly spicy aromas: plenty of honeyed, rich straw, baked fruit underneath. Complex, delicious and deeply flavoured with baked citrus, honey and apricot. Good balance and lovely phenolic grip on the finish. Certainly approachable now, but no hurry to drink."
Rod Smith MW
98 Points / Exceptional - Decanter Magazine, March 2020
|Bottles Per Case||6 Pack|
|Cellaring||Drink Now or Cellar|
|Sweetness Descriptor||XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||France (France), Provence (France)|
|Farming Method||Sustainable, Traditional|
|Grapes||10% Grenache, 90% Tibouren|
|Food Pairing||Olivier Salad, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Salad, Soft Cheese, Vegetables, White Meat|
|Descriptors||Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral|
|Price of Case||$449.94|
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.
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