2021 Cuvee Caroline Rose
Cotes de Provence
95 pts Vinous for the 2019Limpid onion skin color. Displays an array of red berry, citrus fruit and floral qualities, along with hints of ginger, sea salt, orange pith and toasted almond. Stains the palate with vibrant, mineral-laced strawberry, blood orange, salted nut and candied rose flavors that are firmed by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows superb depth as well as energy and finishes extremely long and focused, with repeating florality and a sappy red berry quality.
Grapes Tibouren 85%, Grenache 10%, and Syrah 5%
- Caroline is a limited cuvée named for Claude and Brigitte’s daughter, a selection made exclusively of specific plots from the estate’s over 40-year-old organic tibouren grapes planted on calcareous clay and schist and fermented in 300L barrels.
- Like the other Cibonne Cuvées, Caroline has the structure to improve in bottle for up to a decade or more.
- Clos Cibonne’s Cuvée Prestige Caroline stands uniquely apart from other rosés as a classic, one-of-a-kind Côtes de Provence rosé featuring the tibouren grape in the lead role, with grenache and syrah.
Winemaking Grapes are destemmed and directly pressed. The must goes into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where the fermentation process begins with native yeasts. Once the fermentation is underway, the must is racked into 300L French barrels where fermentation is completed with daily bâtonnage. Once fermentation is done, the wine ages on the fine lees for eight to ten months in the same barrel.