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Minuty Prestige Rose 2014

Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
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Winemaker Notes

This light rose wine expresses some very intense aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers. Its velvety mouth associated with its freshness gives it something very aerial.

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This vigorous blend of Grenache (60%), Cinsault (20%, Tibouren (10%) and Syrah (10%) has a good balance between rich fruits and the freshest acidity. While there is a crisp, tangy background, the foreground is ripe with strawberries and apricots. The whole thing is finished with a lively, bright aftertaste.
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Minuty, Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
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The Matton-Farnets have been in the wine industry for almost three centuries, beginning at the Domaine de Chateauneuf in Vidauban, and continuing at Chateau Minuty from 1936 -- where Gabriel Farnet, the grandfather of current owners François and Jean-Etienne, set up. Gabriel Farnet replanted the entire wine estate and returned Chateau Minuty to its former glory. It was built under Napoleon III, as was the small chapel that the cuvee de l’Oratoire takes its name from (this wine was the estate's flagship bottle for a long time). The most prestigious hotels on the Côote d’Azur still display its Burgundian-shaped bottles. In 1955, Chateau Minuty was one of 23 estates to be consecrated as a classed growth of the Cotes de Provence.

Monique Farnet, Gabriel’s daughter, and her husband Etienne Matton -- who was president of the Classed Growths for many years -- replanted traditional local grape varietals like Tibouren, Rolle and Grenache, keeping yields low in the quest for high quality wines. Due to their rigorous work in the vineyards, they have ensured Chateau Minuty’s reputation and presence at the best restaurants of the Cote d'Azur.

Today Jean-Etienne and François Matton have taken over, and continue to improve, Minuty. They have put their stamp on it by restructuring the vineyards and replacing the Carignan and Ugni Blanc with Grenache and Rolle, and by streamlining the winery with modern, up-to-date, efficient equipment. Jean-Ettiene and Francois strive to expand Minuty's presence internationally.

Cotes de Provence

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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.

Rosé Wine

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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.

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