Clos Cibonne Tibouren Cotes de Provence Cuvee Speciale 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: The Tibouren grape is a hidden gem that
turns into a very desirable light red wine.

Producer/Winery: Claude and his wife Bridget Deforge; Clos Cibonne; Le Pradet, France.

Grape Variety: Tibouren.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Côtes de Provence; Provence, France.

Vintage: 2016, Bottle No. 01446.

Price: $23.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Grilled chicken, oven fried potatoes and coleslaw


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, ruby color with a purplish tint and a light purple rim. Very light aromas of red fruit, damp earth and hints of floral. Smooth entry, light and lively mouthfeel, with a light to medium body and a 150 grit texture. Pie cherry, strawberry and just a touch of citrus flavor with a background of interesting mineral taste. Nice edgy acidity, fine grained tannins that show persistent grip in the long sour cherry finish. We were really put off by the light color and body; however, after the first sip we said it clearly had enthusiasm and was very delectable. This is a wine that grows on you. It starts like a delicate jewel, but once you’ve had a few sips the depth and complexity shine through. We liked it very much and said the Tibouren grape is a hidden gem that turns into a very desirable light red wine.

Tibouren grapes growing in the Clos Cibonne vineyard
Photo from Clos Cibonne.
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 6 64841 01702 5

Imported by: De Maison Selections; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.