Clos Cibonne, Côtes de Provence Rosé ‘Tentations’ 2019
A really vinous and food friendly style from one of the world's greatest rosé producers.
Clos Cibonne is one of 18 Cru Classé growers in the Côtes de Provence AOP, and is in fact the most southerly. The estate’s 15 hectares of vineyards are located a mere 800 metres from the coast and are managed organically. Tentations is the extremely high quality entry level Rosé from Clos Cibonne. Pale in colour with great intensity on nose and palate, both showing peaches, rose petal and spice. A wonderful drink.
Producer: Clos Cibonne
Region/Country: Provence, France
Grape/s: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Tibouren
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Gentle press and temperature controlled fermentation
Style: Dry, crisp and fragrant rosé
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, lighter vegetable dishes, salads
Profile: Grenache is an extremely widely planted variety, very well suited to warmer climates, where it is commonly blended with the likes of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan. It grows as a bush vine, making it suited to drought conditions and helping to protect the fruit from sun and wind damage. Wines display vivid red colour and vibrant red fruit character alongside distinctive Mediterranean herb flavourings. With added ripeness Grenache can take on a more medicinal tinge and greatly concentrated, dried fruit flavours. There are many old vine plantings throughout the Southern Rhone and Australia, and the wines produced from these offer extremely good value for money.
Classic Regions: Southern Rhone (France), Rioja, Priorat (Spain), McLaren Vale (Australia), Swartland (South Africa)
For centuries, Clos Cibonne has bravely forged their own distinct path. They have held true to a tradition of making age-worthy fine wines which happen to be rosé, in the midst of an appellation which rewards fitting in and churning out the same-but-different rosé wines which are ubiquitous throughout Côtes de Provence. The resulting wines have impeccable balance & freshness, with incredible structure and superb drinkability over many years.