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93 Points
2014 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Cru Classé Rosé Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jun 2016

Light, vivid orange. Pungent, mineral-tinged aromas of ripe citrus fruits and strawberry, with subtle herb and floral nuances building in the glass. Offers powerful, penetrating orange pith and red berry flavors, along with anise and white pepper flourishes that add complexity. Chewy and spicy on the impressively long finish, which strongly echoes the orange and mineral notes. A more powerful style than usual for this bottling but in no way does the wine lack energy.

93 Points
2013 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé Cuvée Spéciale des Vignolles
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2015

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.

91 Points
2013 Tibouren Cru Classe Cotes de Provence Rose
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), July 2014

Light orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complicated by notes of dried herbs, rose oil and orange peel. A saline quality underscores juicy red fruit flavors, which flesh out and deepen with air. Fresh and seamless in texture, finishing with superb clarity and length and repeating mineral and floral notes. I've had the chance to drink 30-year-old bottles of this wine, and while this one isn't quite as nervy as some other recent vintages, I'd cellar it for another seven to ten years with confidence and then decant it to serve alongside grilled fish or roasted birds.

93 Points
2012 Tibouren Cuvee Speciale Des Vignettes Cru Classe Cotes de Provence
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), July 2014

Light, bright orange. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes dried red fruits, orange pith, smoky minerals and toasted nuts, with a spicy nuance building with air. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering intense cherry and bitter rhubarb flavors and a touch of lavender pastille. Finishes with outstanding energy and mineral-driven persistence, the floral note repeating strongly.

92 Points
2011 Tibouren Cru Classe Cotes de Provence
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), July 2013

Pale orange. Fresh cherry, potpourri and blood orange on the deeply scented nose. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering pliant red fruit preserve and succulent herb flavors brightened by chalky minerality. Becomes more tangy and floral with air and finishes with excellent clarity and sappy persistence. This rose has the power of a lighter red wine.

93 Points
2011 Cotes de Provence Rosé Cuvee Speciale Des Vignettes
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), July 2013

Bright orange-pink. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of redcurrant, cherry and blood orange, plus a hint of floral oils. Chewy, penetrating and expansive on the palate, offering intense dried red fruit and citrus pith flavors that gain sweetness with air. Concentrated but energetic as well, which bodes well for food-matching. Shows superb focus and length on the tactile, red fruit-dominated finish.

92 points
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2010 Tibouren Cru Classe Cotes De Provence Rose
International Wine Cellar, #10114, July 2012 - Josh Raynolds

Light orange.  Wild, intensely perfumed bouquet of blood orange, cranberry, rhubarb, potpourri and minerals, with subtle almond and mace accents.  Bitter cherry and orange pith flavors show impressive depth and energy, with candied lavender and anise notes adding complexity.  Sappy, penetrating and focused on the tenacious finish.

93 points
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2010 Cotes De Provence Rose Cuvee Speciale Des Vignettes
International Wine Cellar, #10114, July 2012 - Josh Raynolds

Orange-pink color.  Potent, mineral-accented aromas of dried red fruits, floral oils, herbs and spicecake, with smoke and anise overtones.  Offers an array of red fruit and floral flavors, with bitter orange peel and mineral qualities adding lift and focus.  Wild, singular pink wine, with strong finishing power and lingering lavender, mineral and cherry pit qualities.  Not your father's rose, but maybe his great-grandfather's.

92 points
2009 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Rose Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes
International Wine Cellar, June 2011 - Josh Raynolds

(100% tibouren):  Orange-tinged pink.  Musky aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry, iodine, herbs and rose, with complicating notes of star anise and cinnamon; this is really complex!  Rich and palate-staining, with impressive depth to its bitter red fruit and herb flavors; takes on suave mineral and floral pastille qualities with air.  Intriguing and singular rose, finishing with strong grip and spicy persistence.

91 points
2009 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Rose
International Wine Cellar, June 2011 - Josh Raynolds

(100% tibouren):  Pale orange.  Pungent aromas of dried lemon, orange zest, herbs and spices.  Fleshy and silky in texture, offering spicy citrus and redcurrant flavors, with herbal and mineral undertones.  The smooth, penetrating finish repeats the herbal note and clings with serious tenacity and a hint of smoke. This would be great with fresh or aged goat or sheep's milk cheeses, especially the Corsican Brin d'Amour that is coated in dried herbs.

From Saveur

Drink This Now: Tibouren Clos Cibonne Rosé Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes 2009
Nov 15, 2012

Alice Feiring pairs the Clos Cibonne Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes 2009 with holiday feasts for Saveur.

From Food Arts

Tasting Tour de France
Oct 2012

Julie Mautner relays the Telegraph Chicago staff’s story of their recent Tasting Tour de France. Read the article to find out what they thought of Clos Cibonne.