Chateau Minuty M Rose 2018
Pair with Pistou soup, raw vegetables, grilled meat, prawn skewers, and apricot pie.
Chateau Minuty is the global leader of Côtes de Provence rosé. The Chateau Minuty estate was established in the 19th century and is managed today by the founder’s grandsons, Jean-Etienne and François Matton. Minuty is the last regional estate to 100% hand harvest their grapes in order to ensure perfect quality. Minuty produces its great rosés in local wine character mainly from Grenache and Tibouren varieties. All wines including Rose et Or and M de Minuty Rosé use sustainable farming practices free of chemicals. Chateau Minuty is the finest wine producer in Provence with over 80 years commitment to quality in the vineyard and the cellar
Cotes de Provence is an extensive but valuable appellation that includes vineyards bordering the main Provence appellations and extending all the way east to the border of Italy. Its sites vary from subalpine hills, which receive the cooling effects of the mountains to the north, to the coastal St-Tropez, a warm Mediterranean wine-producing region.
Here there is a new focus on quality rosé, as it defines four fifths of the region’s wines. Following in the rosé footsteps, a lot of new effort is going into the region’s red production. A new generation has turned its focus on high quality Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. Cotes de Provence white wines, which represent a miniscule part of the region as far as volume, are nonetheless worthy of consideration and can include any combination of Clairette, Semillon, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. It is produced throughout the world from a vast array of grape varieties, but the most successful sources are California, southern France (particularly Provence), and parts of Spain and Italy.
Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color will depend on the grape variety and the winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta. These wines are typically fresh and fruity, fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to preserve the primary aromas and flavors. Most rosé, with a few notable exceptions, should be drunk rather young, within a few years of the vintage.