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Wine Review #3:
2015 Côtes de Provence Cru Classé
Clos Cibonne, France
Tasted at: Sepia Restaurant
Chicago, IL
May 4th, 2018

WINE FACTS:
13.0% Alcohol
Tibouren (90%) and Grenache (10%)
Aged on Lees for 1 Year
Produced by De Maison

APPEARANCE
Clear
Pale
Salmon

NOSE:
Clean
Medium Intensity
Fruity and Floral

PALATE:
Off-Dry
Medium Acidity
Medium Alcohol
Medium Body
Medium Flavor Intensity
Medium(-) Length

AROMA AND FLAVOR CHARACTERISTICS:
Strawberry
Peach
Rose


Sparkling Rosé with a spicy, fruity aroma and flavor.  I felt a touch of tannin on the palate which I didn’t expect from a Rosé.  The flavor wasn’t as powerful as I had hoped creating a lack of balance and expression.  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.”

Winesearcher.com lists the wine at an average price of $24.  The average critic score is 89/100.  I gave it a score of  86/100.  After adjusting for price, my price adjusted rating came in at 83.

Wine Rating: 88

Price Adjusted Rating: 83


Note: My goal is to provide characteristics of the wine and not to sway a wine drinker from trying any wine – even those that I rate at a lower score.  My rating is just that – MY rating.  I base the rating on 5 characteristics: balance, length, intensity, complexity and expressiveness.  I am independent in my evaluation of every wine.  Ultimately, my wine rating scale is the same scale used by Robert Parker whereby:

96-100 Extraordinary
90-95 Outstanding
80-89 Above Average to Excellent
70-79 Average
60-69 Below Average
< 59 Appalling

I also provide a price adjusted rating.  This rating takes into account the quality of the wine (per my rating) and the average price consumers are paying for a standard 750ml bottle of wine.