2016 Clos Cibonne 'Cuvee Speciale' Rouge, Cotes de Provence, France

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We all know and love the 100% Tibouren Tradition Rosé from Clos Cibonne. They also produce smaller amounts of a Tibouren Rouge which is a blend of 90% Tibouren with 10% Syrah. They make the wine a little differently, “After harvest, the wines are fermented in stainless steel and then aged under fleurette (a thin veil of yeast) in 100-year-old, 500L foudres.” That veil of yeast adds an intriguing quality to the wine which makes it a more interesting Provencal red than we are used to seeing. It is charmingly aromatic, light and fruity yet also rather complex with an edge something that feels like a slightly aged, earthy wine. Another very well made entry from the very special Clos Cibonne estate.

The Roux family has a heritage that dates back to 1797 when they first purchased the Clos Cibonne vineyard estate after the death of its original owner, Jean-Baptiste de Cibon, who was a captain in King Louis XV's Royal Navy. Successive Roux generations have run the domaine ever since and taken care to protect the 15 hectare property that overlooks the harbor of Toulon between Marseille and Nice at the Mediterranean Sea. In the 1930's, André Roux, was so passionate about the local indigenous Tibouren varietal, that he replaced all his Mourvèdre vines with it and got special permission from the A.O.C. to list Tibouren on his labels. And thanks to his meticulous farming, Clos Cibonne was one of 18 other vineyard sites in Provence to be awarded the designation of Cru Classé.

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