Mas de Libian is situated in the village of Saint-Marcel d'Ardeche in the southern Rhon Valley. The farm has been in the Thibon Family since 1670 and today the winemaking is presided over by Helene Thibon who took over in 1995. The estate has always been organic although biodynamic status was granted in 2005. The average age of the vines is 30 years and they face south on terraced plots with superb views towards Mont Ventoux. Cave Vinum ('beware of the wine') is a play on the Latin phrase Cave Canem ('beware of the dog') to be fund adorning the doors of various residences in ancient Pompeii and is a juicy blend of 40% Viognier, 40% Roussanne and 20% Clairette of which 20% is fermented in oak barrels. Nothing to beware of here, save for the limited nature of the release.
A bright straw-yellow in colour. Exotic aromas of clementine, ginger and peach leading to a tender, mouth-filling texture on the palate. A rush of refreshing acidity imparts structure and provides great balance to the wine. Try with chicken tagine with prunes, apricots and roasted almonds, Pad Thai with prawns or venison stew with juniper berries and cream.