This 17th century Cru Classé estate in the Maures hills overlooking Toulon is renowned for distinctive, gastronomic rosé and the rare Tibouren grape. It was here in the 1930s that André Roux devoted his vineyards to this fickle variety. His descendants have continued the legacy and elevated Clos Cibonne’s wines to truly iconic status. They remain one of the rare Provençal producers proud to age their rosé, always releasing their top wines one year ‘late’, and making them to last – as we discovered on one happy visit when opening a magnificent 1978.
A bright ruby-red colour, with even brighter red fruit aroma and an enormous hit of black pepper that immediately brings to mind the red wines of the northern Rhône valley. It’s silky, elegant and delicious on the palate. No wonder they call this their “baby Cornas” at Clos Cibonne!