Special Wines from Provence Cru Classe
This series of posts is dedicated to Cru Classe domains of Cotes de Provence. These vineyards not as widely known as the ones from Burgundy or Bordeaux which is extremely unfair. So let's address this drawback and check some really gorgeous Provence estates.
Some call Clos Cibonne the France López de Heredia.
This beautiful 15 hectares Cru is situated on slopes open to the bay of Toulon and offers gorgeous views on the islands Giens and Porquerolles. The domain produces unique rosés that age greatly for decades. These wines base is Tibouren, an ancient variety once almost completely lost because of the phylloxera crisis. It was reborn thanks to the enthusiasm of André Roux, the former owner of Clos Cibonne, who implemented then the very challenging idea and in the 1930s replanted his vineyard with Tibouren.
Clos Cibonne Very Special
It’s to Andre Roux that we should be grateful for Clos Cibonne very special wine - Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Tibouren Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes Cru Classe
Winofyles have great respect to this cuvee, this is how they describe it:
“This cuvée comes off the estate’s oldest vines, growing in schist within sight of the coast. It ages under a veil of yeast, like Sherry, in 100-year-old foudres, developing a pale copper hue and the scent of a cool, shady glade. Earthy with notes of hazelnuts, blood orange and lemon zest, as well as mouthwatering salinity, it’s the sort of rosé that could stand up to spiced lamb dishes, or rice-stuffed tomatoes”.
Joshua Green about 2016 cuvee for Wine and Spirit
“Light orange. Intense red berry liqueur, blood orange and garrigue aromas are lifted and sharpened by suggestions of dusty minerals and gingery spices. Silky and concentrated, offering incisive redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that expand on the back half. Shows a distinctly mineral, oily, almost saline quality that's reminiscent of big-time Chablis (yes, really!) and finishes with superb energy, thrust and length. Imagine what would happen if red grapes were planted in Montée de Tonnerre and then made into pink wine: that's pretty much what I did.”
Josh Raynolds about 2015 cuvee for Vinous
“Older vines, 90% Tibouren, 10% Grenache. Very fine and delicate with tangerine, spices and fine herbs, as well as a faint hint of cream alongside the delicate red cherry and cranberry fruit. There’s a bit of grip and fine acidity. Such delicacy and purity”.
Jamie Goodie from Wine Anorak about 2016 vintage
Cru Classe Clos Cibonne is located on a hillside of the Maures chain, between Toulon and Hyères.
The vineyard got his name after Count Jean-Baptiste de Cibon, the first owner of the estate.
After his death in 1797, the domain was sold to the ancestors of the Roux family who have been farming it until now.
Clos Cibonne produces roses, reds and whites. In addition to gorgeous Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes there are four more roses, four reds based on an assemblage of Grenache, Syrah and Tibouren, and a 100% Rolle white.
An ancient variety Tibouren was known in Mesopotamia and in Greece, later it was extremely popular in Rome, it received its name there - after Tiber slopes of along which it was extensively planted. This noble and very demanding grape variety was introduced in the region of Antibes by the Romans, it is now a pride of the Clos Cibonne where it represents 80% of the grapes neighboring with syrah, grenache and cinsault to produce great quality wines.
While making this research I discovered that Clos Cibonne owners offer a unique experience to stay at their farm house and enjoy great Provence vineyard experience. The page is in French but it’s not gonna be a problem I suppose…