Clos Cibonne Tibouren Cru Classé Rosé 2017
|Region||France, Provence, Côtes de Provence|
Limpid, amber-hued orange. A highly complex bouquet evokes dried red berries, tangerine, peach, honey and pungent flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance builds in the glass. Dry and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red currant, strawberry, pit fruit marmalade and blood orange flavors that take on a spicy element on the back half. Manages to be both powerful and lithe, showing excellent clarity and minerally thrust on an impressively long, focused finish. Experience has proven to me just how ageworthy this iconic producer's pink wine can be. Enjoy this one now, with some decanter time, or cellar it, with confidence, for at least another decade.
A rare red bottling of 90% Tibouren and 10% Grenache, the 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuvee Speciale Tibouren offers up slightly reductive notes of struck match and espresso. It's medium-bodied, with some ripe cherries under the funk and a silky texture, then turns a bit edgy on the finish. Decant it if drinking now, or wait another year or two and hope it smooths out a bit.