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Clos Cibonne, Cuvee Hommage a Marius (rose), Cotes de Provence 2017 (1x75cl)

Country: France
Region: Provence
Grape Variety: Tibouren
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.0%
Product Code: FRSO0540B17S
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£47.00

Awarded 98 points and very rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2020 edition panel tasting of Provence Rosé (see blue link below)

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 re-establish the vaunted reputation of the domaine. Thanks to their effort, Clos Cibonne once again lives up to its standing as one of the 18 Crus Classés in Côtes de Provence.

NB: There are 18 estates in the Côtes de Provence classed as Cru Classé – a designation created in 1955, as much as 22 years before the appellation itself (!), their reputation based on history rather than commonality of terroir

The heart of the estate is their Tibouren. André Roux was a great fan of this native grape variety and believed it to be the ideal grape for the region. As part of his revitalisation, he replaced all of the estate’s Mourvèdre with Tibouren. Tibouren had been in drastic decline since the onset of the phylloxera blight. An ancient Mediterranean variety reputedly favoured by Julius Caesar, it was transported over the Alps by Napoleon’s troops and took root in Liguria as Rossese. Here in Provence, it makes thirst-quenching, smoky, sapid pinks, and earthy, red-fruited fine reds.

Clos Cibonne soon became synonymous with Tibouren and received special permission from the AOC 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.

Organic production, albeit without certification yet.

For more/all winemaking detail, especially for what sets it apart from its Clos Cibonne stablemate(s), see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the Clos itself; it does feature some interesting translation.

Clos Cibonne, Cuvee Hommage a Marius rose - fiche technique

90% Tibouren, 10% Grenache.

Onion skin with copper and amber highlights. Elegant nose combining aromas of lily, lemon, pear, orange and almond. In the mouth, a rosé of character where express the same flavors fond and persistent with a very exotic finish of honey, gingerbread, slightly buttered, woody and spicy. In the finish, very nice roundness on the palate and lingering aromas.