Clos Cibonne 'Cuvée Prestige Caroline' Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé 2019

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Clos Cibonne 'Cuvée Prestige Caroline' Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé 2019
Country France
Region Provence
Appellation/Sub-Region Côtes de Provence Cru Classé AOC
Grapes Tibouren
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

Owned by the Roux family since 1797, the property of Clos Cibonne saw its winery modernized in 1930 by André Roux, who hoped to showcase his estate’s rosés. André replaced all of the estate’s mourvèdre with the native grape varietal tibouren, which he believed to be the ideal grape for the region. Brigitte Roux (André’s granddaughter) took over in the ‘90s, and along with her husband, Claude Deforges, and 5th generation winemaker Olivier Deforges, brought Clos Cibonne back to its standing as one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence. Nowadays, Clos Cibonne is highly esteemed for producing distinctive rosé wines with earthy notes that capture the essence of Provence. 

‘Cuvée Prestige Caroline’ is a limited bottling named for Claude and Brigitte’s daughter. It is composed of fruit selected from specific plots from the estate’s 40+ year old organic tibouren grapes in the Le Pradet site, one of 18 Crus Classés of Côtes de Provence, situated in the foothills of the Maures mountains overlooking Toulon’s harbor. This microclimate provides essential cooling breezes in the summer, necessary for the health of the organically-farmed vineyards as well as for maintaining freshness in the wines. Tibouren takes the starring role, making up 85% of the cuvée, with an additional 10% grenache and 5% syrah. After hand harvesting, the grapes are destemmed and directly pressed, then fermented with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is racked mid-fermentation into 300L French oak barrels, where fermentation is completed with daily bâtonnage. Aging takes place in the same barrels, where the wine rests on the fine lees for 8-10 months and an additional year in bottle. Deep peach and apricot tones abound, mingling with floral accents and hints of spiced brioche that evoke many of the things we love about Burgundian wines. But it’s a disservice to Clos Cibonne’s wines to compare them to other regions - they are very much in a league of their own! As with other Clos Cibonne bottlings, this has the structure to age for up to a decade. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.