2010 Tibouren Clos Cibonne “Cuvée des Vignettes” Cru Classé

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Wine of the Week: 2010 Tibouren Clos Cibonne “Cuvée des Vignettes” Cru Classé
Region: Côtes de Provence, France
Price: $30  

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 price tag.

This 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 spice. 

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)

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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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