Clos Cibonne Cuvée Homage à Marius Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé 2017
Tibouren 90%, Grenache 10%
The iconic cru classé producer Clos Cibonne gets its name from Jean-Baptiste de Cibon, captain of Louis XVI's navy and the farm's first owner. The great André Roux devoted the his efforts to the difficult Tibouren grape in the 1930s and today his descendents carry on that tradition.
Cuvée Hommage à Marius is a limited-release rosé that pays homage to the estate's winemaker in the 1920s and resurrects the "Château Cibon" label from that era. Only estate-grown fruit from vines more than 60-years-old is used and according to their typical blend of 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache.
The organically certified vineyards are arranged alongside a pronounced coastal ridge, visible on those labels and overlooking the Gulf of Toulon. The influence of the Mediterranean is key in moderating hot summer temperatures.
Grapes are pressed directly to large, 2,600-litre French oak barrels, where they remain for two years. After 6 and 12 months, only the best components are reserved to make Cuvée Marius.
It is extraordinary. The colour of onion skins with copper and amber tones. The nose is striking, with intense orange peel, pear and fresh almonds. Flavours are similarly intense, with spice, orange and red fruits and a sumptuous buttery texture. You can enjoy this rosé now or cellar for several years.
It came as no surprise to us when Cuvée Marius was rated the best Provence rosé this year by Decanter magazine with 98 points and the only "Exceptional" rating out of more than 170 wines.