Tibouren

Tibouren is a black skinned grape variety grown in Provence, southern France. It is mainly used for producing full bodied rosé wines with an earthy bouquet. It is also known as Antibois, and in Germany it is known as Geysserin. The grape has a long history in the region, stretching back as far as 500BC. It was apparently brought to France from the Middle East, possibly by the Greeks.

Tibouren is usually blended with varieties such as Grenache and Cinsault to produce the rosés of the Provençal regions, although some producers make a varietal wine from the grape. The wines are said to have distinctive aromas, floral and berry-like, as well as the earthiness mentioned. Several derivations for the Antibois form of its name are suggested in literature, including that it is named for the ancient city of Antibes on the French Riviera, or after a naval Captain named Antiboul. The grape is widely grown by smallholders in the Var region, who appreciate its link with local history and, possibly, who enjoy the mystery attached to the name and antiquity of their local variety.
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