Tag Archives: Provence

A Rosé to Slay Summer: Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rose France 2016 Wine Review

Long time no see, internet. Who knew parenting would eat up my wine writing hobby? Well, mommy and daddy could use a drink.

The summer sun demands chilled wines. So let us dip a toe into sunny Provence with a rare grape: Tibouren. The vine likely originates from Greece, possibly the Middle East, and it is tricky, subject to coulure, so consistent heat is key. Intense aromas and earthiness push it into a blending grape and rosés. Thus, today, mainly small plots in Provence and Liguria grow Tibouren. Continue reading

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Mourvèdre Rosé Blend, La Bastide Blanche, Bandol 2010

The Northern hemisphere has rediscovered summer’s heat. Now armed with Waring Pro’s vaguely accurate wine chiller (my review), the world of colder wines unfurls before me. Never on the cutting edge, I heed the last few years’ “Rethink Pink” advertisements. … Continue reading

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Grenache/Syrah, Clos Chanteduc, Côtes du Rhône, France 2009

Clos Chanteduc is delicious. Drink it. End of story. Or is it? In 1984, now famous chef Patricia Wells left America to live in Provence. She watched her first harvest from the villa in idle bliss, but was soon shocked. … Continue reading

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