Tibouren grape variety, Provence, France

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Tibouren grape variety
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Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Tibouren is a grape variety that originated in Greece but is now found in small quantities only in Provence where it survives in the warm climate. Its propensity to disease and the low yields do not make it a popular vine for planting, but the quality of the wines that are based on this grape make it worth seeking out, particularly the roses.
We first came across this variety when sampling a Clos Cibonne rose from the Cotes de Provence wine appellation. Another rose where this grape is the star (with co-actor Cinsault) is the Rimauresq from the Var area of Provence. Still another fine example of a rose is that of Commanderie de Peyrassol which comprises a combination of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre as well as Cinsault and Tibouren.

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