Mas de Libian is situated in the village of Saint-Marcel d'Ardeche in the southern Rhone Valley. The farm has been in the Thibon family since 1670 and today is presided over by Helene Thibon who took over in 1995. The estate has been organic for many years and biodynamic status was granted in 2005. The average age of the vines is 30 years and the vineyards are situated on south-facing terraced plots looking out towards Mont Ventoux. 'Cave Vinum' or 'beware of the wine' is a play on the Latin phrase 'Cave Canem' ('beware of the dog') to be found adorning the doors of various residences on ancient Pompeii. It is a blend of 40% Viognier, 40% Roussanne and 20% Clairette of which 20% is fermented in old oak barrels. Nothing to beware of here though, save the very limited availability of the wine. Early ordering recommended.
A bright straw-yellow in colour. On the nose, notes of clementine, ginger and peach. On the palate, juicy and mouthwatering with a rush of refreshing acidity leading to a cleansing acidity. Altogether a beautifully structured wine which pairs well with chicken tagine with prunes and apricots, Pad Thai with prawns or a venison stew with cream and juniper berries.