2014 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé

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Clos Cibonne's regular rosé bottling is 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache sourced 30+ year old vines in schist soil. The wine is aged on the lees for 1 year before bottling, so it hits the market the year after the rosé wines from other estates. From the importer: "Aromas of orange peel with spicy notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant with fruit tones and saline notes."

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2016 | Send Email
I make no secret that the Clos Cibonne wines are some of my favorite rosés in the store year after year. That is until the inventory gets low, and I want the rest for just myself. The "Tradition" is always the more accessible of the two when first released. It has notes of orange peel, nectarine and a hint of vanilla. The palate is concentrated but has fine acidity with a finish that lingers with blood orange and dried strawberry. The minerality in these wines is always present and adds a textural element that is pleasing. The Cibonne wines are not your average porch pounders. They are classy elegant rosés for serious back yard grilling. Or not, it's still rosé and still delicious no matter how you drink it.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2016 | Send Email
Although the region of Provence is well known for producing some of the world’s classic dry rosés, the similarity of blends and styles can easily lead one to assume that one Provençal rosé is much like any other. True or not, the same can certainly not be said of the wines of Clos Cibonne. Their reliance on the rare Tibouren grape and their unusual method of vinification makes these wines truly unique. The 2014 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé is an unusual blend of 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache. Following fermentation the wine is aged for one year on its lees in 100 year old, 500L wooden foudres under a thin veil of yeast called a fleurette (similar to the sous voile aging in the nearby Jura). While this is a wine that will no doubt appeal to the true wine geek, many will find it well worth seeking out for its quality, character, and rarity.

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