Wine of the Week: 2010 Tibouren Clos Cibonne “Cuvée des Vignettes” Cru Classé
Region: Côtes de Provence, France
I just love rosé wine.
Can’t get enough really and am always on the look out for the tasty everyday rosé
as well the one for special occasions. This 2010 Clos Cibonne Tibouren
“Cuvée des Vignettes” from Provence at $30 is pricey but definitely worth the
splurge for a special dinner or treat. This is a wonderfully serious rosé
— complex, beautifully structured, contemplative and elegant — worthy of its
wine has an alluring, delicate salmon color with twinkly bronze glints. The nose
if complex and multi-dimensional with a distinct savory, garrigue-like note and
flor-like nuttiness amid a layered potpourri of delicate aromas of semi-dried
wild berry fruits, creamy caramel, dried Mediterranean herbs and a savory
Mouth filling and flavorful on the palate, the savory
minerality continues on the palate. Good firm backbone of acidity lifts the
wine. The flavors remain subtle, but are deep and lingering. Beautifully
balanced with a very long finish.
At the table: This 2010 Clos Cibonne Tibouren
“Cuvée des Vignettes” is a welcome guest at any table. Just think Mediterranean
food – grilled fish and shellfish of course, but this wine is also substantial
enough for meat – I especially love to serve with a nice leg of roast lamb,
studded with rosemary and other Mediterranean herbs.
About Clos Cibonne, Tibouren and this Cuvée des
Vignettes - This wine is
100% made from the Tibouren grape – a rare red grape variety, indigenous to
Provence (but possibly has Greek origins). This wine is made from very old
vines on the Clos Cibonne estate – circa 60 years old. After
vinification the wine was aged for one year in large 100-year-old oak casks
called foudres, under a fine veil of flor (a benevolent yeast that gives
wines an attractive nuttiness – think of Fino Sherry). Clos Cibonne is located
in the heart of Provence on the hillsides of the Maure Mountains between Toulon
And Hyères. Established in 1804, the property is now in the hands of the 6th generation of family.
(Image: Mary Gorman-McAdams)