2021 Clos Cibonne Cotes de Provence Rose - Tradition
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Clos Cibonne is the iconic producer in Côtes de Provence of “age-worthy fine wines which happen to be rosé”, as their importer puts it, made from the local variety tibouren (= rossese across the border in Liguria). The traditional wines are aged under a thin layer of flor, like Sherry and some Jura wines. Farming is certified organic since 2019. 'Cuvée Tradition' is directly-pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aging under flor is in 120-year-old, 5,000-liter foudres for one year. 13.5% alcohol. The wine is a vibrant peach color and smells of the sea and Mediterranean herbs. It enters the mouth with the whisper of fruit and taut acidity of an ordinary Provençal rosé, but expands into something else, with creamy texture, a smoky note, and lovely length. You can happily drink this as an aperitif, but it really shines at the table, with bouillabaisse, lighter meats with savory herbs, or vegetable or meat tagines.