Provence in a Bottle: 2012 Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Cuvée Speciale Tibouren

Posted by Joe Salamone

Provence in a Bottle
2012 Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence
Cuvée Speciale Tibouren
Obscurity, Drinkability in the South of France

Sometimes you look around after tasting a wine and see the same look on everyone's face. That's what happened with 2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rouge. The look? "This is a really good."

We haven't tasted any wine from Provence quite like it.

Clos Cibonne dates back to 1797 and for the past eight decades have placed nearly of all of their bets on a single obscure local grape, Tibouren, believing that it's perfectly suited to the climate.

The years have proven the wisdom of this decision - their focus on this obscure grape is compelling and feels rooted in Provence in a completely refreshing way.

We mean that literally - 2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren stands out for its brightness, its lovely drinkability.

Fans of classic Rhône wines, Italy fanatics and even Beaujolais lovers should check this out.

Beyond this, 2012 Clos Cibonne is a great wine to have on hand as we enter barbecuing season (not to mention just having around for its uniqueness, quality and value.)

2012 offers a fairly rich layer of deeply savory notes with perfumed red fruits all backed by a glowing core of acidity and velvety tannins.

Clos Cibonne is located 800 meters from the coast and this location allows for a steady, balanced ripening. Many wines from Provence can have gnarly tannins or be over-the-top in terms of alcohol and sweet, glycerin-rich fruit. Clos Cibonne stands out for its balance, its brightness and its depth of interwoven herbs, minerals and spice.

It's these qualities that make it food friendly and valuable to have around. We've created 4-packs for this reason. Clos Cibonne's Tibouren delivers what we've been searching for and rarely find coming out of Provence - freshness, balance and value. Highly recommended.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2012 Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence
Cuvée Speciale Tibouren