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2019 Clos Cibonne Rosé "Cuvée Prestige Caroline", Provence, France

2019 Clos Cibonne Rosé "Cuvée Prestige Caroline", Provence, France

$45.99

  • 2019 Clos Cibonne Rosé "Cuvée Prestige Caroline", Provence, France

    2019 Clos Cibonne Rosé "Cuvée Prestige Caroline", Provence, France

    $45.99 Excl. tax

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      Offering a wide palate of floral aromas and ripe red fruit, spices and honey. On the palate it is powerful, balanced and fresh, with a subtle vanilla note. Very gastronomic.

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      ABOUT THIS WINE

      Clos Cibonne’s Cuvée Prestige Caroline stands uniquely apart from other rosés as a classic, one-of-a-kind Côtes de Provence rosé featuring the tibouren grape in the lead role, with grenache and syrah. Caroline is a limited cuvée named for Claude and Brigitte’s daughter, a selection made exclusively of specific plots from the estate’s over 40-year-old organic tibouren grapes planted on calcareous clay and schist and fermented in 300L barrels. Like the other Cibonne Cuvées, Caroline has the structure to improve in bottle for up to a decade or more. 

      After an early morning manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and directly pressed. The must goes into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where the fermentation process begins with native yeasts. Once the fermentation is underway, the must is racked into 300L French barrels where fermentation is completed with daily bâtonnage. Once fermentation is done,  the wine ages on the fine lees for eight to ten months in the same barrel.

      ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

      The property of Clos Cibonne dates back to 1797 when the Roux Family purchased it from Jean Baptiste de Cibon, captain of the royal marines of Louis XVI. In 1930, André Roux modernized the winery in order to pursue his goal of producing top quality wines at the estate. This revival ignited an era of fame for the rosés of Clos Cibonne.

      In the 1980s, hard times fell upon the estate and it drifted without clear direction until Bridget, André Roux’s granddaughter, and her husband, Claude Deforge, took it over in the late 1990s. Their immediate goal was to bring the estate back to its former grandeur. By renovating the cellars while preserving the tradition of aging in old foudres, the family began to reestablish the vaunted reputation of the domaine. Thanks to their efforts Clos Cibonne once again lives up to its standing as one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence.

      The heart of the estate is their Tibouren. André Roux was a great fan of this native varietal and believed it to be the ideal grape for the region. As part of his revitalization he replaced all of the estate’s Mourvèdre with Tibouren. Clos Cibonne soon became synonymous with Tibouren and received special permission from the A.O.C. to list the grape on its labels.

      The estate’s 15 hectares of vineyards are located a mere 800 meters from the coast and are surrounded by hillsides in the base of a bowl that faces the sea. This topography creates air circulation that allows for perfect maturation of the grapes and helps to reduce vintage variation. After harvest, the wines are fermented in stainless steel and then aged under fleurette (a thin veil of yeast) in 100-year-old, 500L foudres.

      Clos Cibonne crafts a wine that is completely its own through combining a rare grape with a unique aging process. There are two rosés currently available from the estate: the classic rosé and the Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes that is sourced only from the estate’s oldest vines. These two wines are complemented by the Cuvée Spéciale Tibouren, a unique red wine made primarily from Tibouren.

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