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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.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. msc #

    where can I find this wine either in Westchester or Fairfield County.Thanks

    February 9, 2012
    • msc #

      I mean retail

      February 9, 2012
      • Hi MSC!

        Unfortunately, the wine is not available in either location, but it can be purchased at Chambers St. Wines, Crush and Union Square Wines in the city. Hope you can grab a few bottles…it’s delicious!

        February 9, 2012
  2. PS…You can also purchase the wine online at these three locations!

    February 9, 2012

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