Clos Cibonne "Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes" Tibouren Rosé
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Clos Cibonne "Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes" Tibouren Rosé - 2018

Item # 26381 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A serious rosé and a complex dry wine. From old-vine Tibouren grown in schisty soils, the wine was aged in huge 100-year-old oak foudres under a local yeast called "fleurette." This technique also exists in the Jura and Jerez, Spain. The wine, pale copper in color, exudes warm, dusty spices on the nose complemented by flowers tinged with light caramel on the palate. One of the few rosés that are ageworthy and lovely all year round. Serve with roasted lobster, shellfish stew, sheep's-milk cheeses, and pistou.


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Staff Pick Notes

You may be overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the plethora of “summer water” rosés that bombard the shelves each spring. However, you should get to know Clos Cibonne. It is a historic estate that has been owned and operated by the Roux family for 5 generations since 1793. Clos Cibonne has been vinifying the world's most original rosés. They focus on Tibouren, a native Provence varietal. Aging is done in old oak casks with the growth of a veil of yeast on the surface of the wine. The Cuvée Speciale des Vignettes is a limited bottling made with grapes from 60-year-old vines. In the glass, you’ll notice a deep peachy complexion and an oily viscosity. The nose and palate are dense with citrus and tropical fruit, fresh herbs, almonds, and baking spices. It's structured with brisk acidity and minerality that will improve with age.

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