Many celebrities spend their summer vacation in the south of France sipping rosé wine. The most coveted is the region of Provence with St.Tropez being a prized and beloved area. It is here where pink wine flows and a golden hour sunset is never far away.
A place with quintessential charm, Provence is an idyllic vacation spot offering travelers spectacular white sand beaches, Provencal countrysides, and medieval villages, alongside gorgeous vineyards and wines. Aromatic lavender fields sweep over the rolling hills and star-studded restaurants fill this coastal town on the French Riviera. The famous “spotted in Saint-Tropez” quote is for when the stars of Hollywood revel in the sunshine, sip rosé wine, spend days on their yachts and enjoy the markets and nightlife.
Rosé wine from this breathtaking area is exquisite, fascinating, and downright delicious! Overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez sits the vineyards of Château Minuty, one of the most popular rosé wines on the market. Grapes for this elegant wine are planted on the hillsides of the villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle benefiting from a temperate maritime climate.
The benchmark for Provence wine, Château Minuty sits on schistose limestone soils, complemented by 80 hectares on clay-limestone soil, the perfect terroir for making balanced, elegant and complex rosé wines. The vineyards for Minuty Rosé are influenced by the sea. Vines are planted with a south-east exposure while the Mediterranean sea air graces each grape bunch and ripens them to perfection. The wind from the sea dries out the vines after dew or rain and limits the risk of disease, giving the final wine the ideal acidity levels, elegant aromas and a sophisticated taste profile.
The Matton-Farnet family has owned Chateau Minuty for over 85 years located on the Saint-Tropez peninsula. Gabriel Farnet originally acquired the chateau in 1936 and began by replanting the entire estate, enabling Château Minuty to regain all its glory and splendor after the Second World War. Monique Farnet, Gabriel’s daughter, designed the original bottle shape in the 60’s and the design was updated again in 2014. Gabriel and her husband Etienne Matton worked hard to establish the great reputation of Château Minuty on the tables of restaurants on the French Riviera and around the world. Château Minuty now sees the fourth generation of the Matton family flourish in 2022 as Anne-Victoire Matton joins her father Jean-Etienne and Uncle François in the running of this Provençal gem.
Minuty is one of the last estates in the Côtes de Provence where the grapes are harvested entirely by hand. Farming sustainably, Château Minuty is one of the main producers of the Côtes de Provence, producing top-of-the-range rosé wines. Jean-Etienne and François Matton primarily use Grenache for its elegant aromas, Cinsault for its freshness, Syrah for its complexity and a dash of seafront Tibouren for its delicate white fruit aromas. Consistently producing premium quality rosé wine has established Chateau Minuty as a top-tier winery known around the world.
Impressive Taste & Pairings
Grenache, Syrah and Tibouren grapes provide a wine that is ideal for sipping and pairs perfecetly with summer time fare. Typically a light pink colour, provencal rosé wines are dry and remarkable. In A glass of Chateau Minuty M Rosé you’ll find Aromas of ripe peach, lavender fields, pink floral and mediterranean air, while the palate is fresh, elegant and balanced.
Make sure to serve a bottle of Chateau Minuty M Rosé cold between 8-10° degrees. Serve this wine to anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. Pair with light snacks such as olives and tapas, dips, crackers, wasabi peas and vegetable crisps. If you’re looking to take your pairings up a notch try partnering with mediterranean dishes like a classic tomato and burrata or niçois salade. This wine also is the ideal pairing for fresh seafood including shellfish and prawns or any type of pan-seared starters. Have fun, and explore the world of Provencal rosé with the one and only Chateau Minuty.