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94 Points
Clos Cibonne 2016 Cotes de Provence Tibouren Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes Cru Classe
Joshua Greene, Aug 2018

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Clos Cibonne has been called the R. López de Heredia of France, growing serious rosés that age well for a decade or more. They are based on tibouren, a local variety that’s dropped out of favor because of its thin skins and uneven ripening. Cibonne has staked its reputation on tibouren nonetheless, ever since the 1930s, when then-proprietor André Roux replanted all his mourvèdre with 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.

90 Points
Clos Cibonne 2016 Cotes de Provence Tibouren Cru Classe
Joshua Greene, Aug 2018

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This looks and smells mature and exotic, then surprises with fresh, bright citrus flavors, breezy and immediately appealing. Made from the rare tibouren and vinified in large old barrels under a veil of yeast, the wine is full-bodied yet delicate, the flavors ranging from orange zest to maraschino cherry, with a little salty nuttiness that suggests serving it with jambon d’Ardeche..

From Vinous

92 Points
Clos Cibonne 2016 Tibouren Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2018

Bright orange-pink. Displays vibrant red berry and tangerine scents that are complemented by a suave floral note. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively redcurrant, bitter orange pith and lavender flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. Smooth and focused on the mineral-driven finish, which hangs on with strong, floral-driven tenacity.

93 Points
Clos Cibonne 2016 Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes Tibouren Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2018

Light, amber-tinged orange color. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, blood orange, succulent flowers and honey, with a dusty mineral note emerging as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated redcurrant, blood orange and lavender pastille flavors and a touch of fennel. The mineral note adds lift and cut to a very long, chewy finish that shows a subtle hint of bitter peach pit.

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
Clos Cibonne
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
Clos Cibonne
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 Wine Anorak

93 Points
Clos Cibonne Cuvée des Vignettes Rosé 2016 Côtes de Provence,
Jamie Goode, 4/4/18

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.

92 Points
Clos Cibonne Cuvée Tradition 2016
Jamie Goode, 4/4/18

This is the house flagship, made from 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache. 60 000 bottles made. This is mainly younger vines. The Grenache is just there to comply with AOP rules, or else this would be 100% Tibouren. It has some colour, and a subtle nose with a hint of redcurrant. The palate is brisk and detailed with a sappy edge, a hint of cream, and notes of strawberries, cherries and redcurrants.

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.