Chateau Cibon Cuvée Marius Cru Classé 2017
We are here in the Côtes de Provence appellation, but only about 20 minutes from Bandol. Many of the best wines of Provence are made here. Of course, this cuvée always consists of at least 90% of the special, indigenous grape variety Tibouren, with a small addition of Grenache. The Tibouren is an old variety of Provence, which is now almost only grown on Clos Cibonne. The winery is famous in France for this variety. Cibonne and Tibouren have been an inseparable, ingenious connection for 100 years. So much so that the INAO (responsible for the AOCs in France) has granted the domain an exception. You can name the grape on the label, which is otherwise strictly prohibited in the rest of Provence. Because here, as is customary in France, only the origin is mentioned. Cuvée Marius comes from the oldest vineyards in Cibonne, on average over 60 years old. Only about 800 meters from the sea, the vines overlook the port of Toulon. The loamy slate soil gives the grapes breed and power. Everything is processed organically. Since 2016, the winery has also been converting to organic certification, which will be completed next year. The harvest takes place only in the cool morning hours. After direct pressing, it is transported to new 2600 liter barrels with temperature control for slow fermentation. The wine stays here for 24 months with a long yeast storage. This is followed by a few months in stainless steel for homogenization. At Cibonne, no rosés are vinified for quick consumption, but storable, characterful wines.