2018 Clos Cibonne 'Tradition' Rosé
This is the story of perhaps the greatest rosé estate in the world.
In 1930 André Roux planted the estate exclusively to the rare Tibouren grape, igniting an era of fame for the rosés of Clos Cibonne and leading to their inclusion in a 1950’s classification of 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence, of which it is the most southerly.
The estate’s 15 hectares of vineyards are located a mere 800 metres from the coast and are surrounded by hillsides in the base of a bowl that faces the sea. The topography extends the growing period while cooling the vines. The soil is a mixture of schist & clay.
The estate is managed organically. Grapes are all harvested by hand and the resultant wines are some of the most transparent in Southern France - the spices, herbs and salt that you can literally taste on the breeze, fill these wines. This wine is made from the most historic part of the Clos Cibonne property. 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache under a veil (similar to some of the wines of the Jura).
This is how rosé was made in the region 100 years ago, before modernisation occurred and how it would still be made, in a perfect world.