Love in a Bottle–Clos Cibonne Rosé
She picked a round stone from the river
And carved his name
In a heart
On a rock.
A strand of strawberry slipped from her ear
The sun-kissed dry on her cheek
Yesterday’s perfume on pale freckled skin
And forest stains on the knees of his jeans.
–Clos Cibonne Rosé 2009
In lieu of traditional tasting notes, this rosé asked for a poem. Love in a bottle. A salmon colored heart. A wine for your Valentine. Clos Cibonne Tibouren.
From 30+ year old vines of 90% Tibouren and 10% Granache, this rosé is aged on lees under fleurette for a year, in 100-year-old foudres.
In the Roux family since 1797, the property of Clos Cibonne saw its winery modernized in 1930 by André Roux, who hoped to shine a light on his estate’s rosés.
A native varietal in Provence, Tibouren replaced the estate’s Mourvedre, at the hands of André Roux. Producing pale rosé wines with notes of earth, according to Jancis Robinson, “Tibouren is cultivated by a number of the more quality- and history-conscious producers of Provence…”
Seeking to revitalize the estate, Bridget Roux (André’s granddaughter) took it over in the 1990’s, bringing Clos Cibonne back to its standing as one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence.
And though this grape is sensitive to coulure, Clos Cibonne is located just 800 meters from the coast, and surrounded by hillsides, allowing for air circulation that yields healthy, mature grapes.