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2015 Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Tibouren Cuveé Cru Classé

As Tasted At Sepia Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois

Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Tibouren Cuveé Cru Classé

Vintage:
2015
Location:
Côtes de Provence,
Provence,
France
Producer:
Clos Cibonne
Alcohol:
13.0%

RATING
89

PRICE
$35
Review Date:
May 4, 2018
Recommended Drinking Window:
2017-2018
Review Location:
Sepia Restaurant
Chicago, Illinois
Newsletter Issue:
Non-Newsletter
Sparkling, elegant Rosé with a spicy, fruity aroma and flavor.  The flavor wasn’t overpowering but wasn’t thin.

The winemaker says:

“Salmon orange in color, the nose is compelling, aromatic and spicy, with a round yet vibrant palate and surprisingly mineral finish. A perfect match for all things Provencal and beyond, try this versatile Rose with grilled fish with olives and fennel, saffron rice, or lamb curry.”

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