Project Description

Clos Cibonne

Cuvée Caroline Rosé 2020

Cuvee Caroline bottle
cuvee caroline label

Clos Cibonne Cuvée Caroline Rosé 2020

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. 

The vineyard, one of 18 Crus Classés of Côtes de Provence, consists of traditional goblet trained vines located close to the Mediterranean Sea in the foothills of the Maures mountains, overlooking Toulon’s harbor. 

The microclimate of Clos Cibonne is especially important to the uniqueness of the wines, as the proximity to the ocean brings much-needed cool air to the vineyards in the summer months. Their location at the foot of the Maures mountains ensures good east-west ventilation, which is ideal for the health and balance of the vineyard and ideal for the practice of organic viticulture. 

The resulting wines have impeccable balance & freshness, with incredible structure and superb drinkability over many years.

Vinification – 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.

  • Site: Le Pradet at 50m

  • Grapes: 85% Tibouren / 10% Grenache / 5% Syrah

  • Vine Age: Over 40 years old

  • Soil: Clay calcareous and schist

  • Farming: Organic

  • Vinification: Fermented by native yeasts in 300L French oak barrels

  • Aging: Eight to ten months in 300L French oak barrels, one year in bottle

  • Suggested Retail: $52.00