As you wander through the sun-kissed vineyards of Provence, it is easy to be captivated by the region’s rich history. The art of winemaking has been passed down from vigneron to vigneron for generations. Among the most renowned wineries of this idyllic landscape is Château Minuty, a family-owned estate that has been perfecting its craft since 1936. Located on the picturesque St. Tropez Peninsula, Château Minuty replanted the traditional Provençal grape varieties of Tibouren, Rolle and Grenache in the 1960s to continue to ensure the unique viniculture of their estate. And the pièce de résistance, at least for this Franco-British individual, is the Rose et Or.
A testament to the mastery of Château Minuty, the Rose et Or is a harmonious blend of Grenache and Tibouren grapes, meticulously selected from the estate’s finest parcels. It is the embodiment of the classic Provence rosé, a wine that has long been celebrated for its delicate yet highly expressive character.
In the glass, the Rose et Or presents pale pink hues with subtle golden reflections, evoking the warm embrace of the Mediterranean sun. The first swirl reveals a bouquet of delicate notes of white peach, citrus, and a hint of Provencal herbs.
On the palate, there’s a subtle interplay of fresh, crisp acidity and velvet smoothness. The essence of white peach and pamplemousse are well balanced and are accompanied by a whisper of red berries and a hint of minerality. It’s a long and refined finish.
While the Rose et Or is to be enjoyed solo, its true splendour comes to life when paired with the substantial flavours of the region’s cuisine. From a plate of barbecued sea bass drizzled with olive oil, to pink chard tart, the wine’s graceful acidity and nuanced attack are worth considering next time you’re strolling the isles looking for a pairing.
The winemaking legacy of Château Minuty is one that is deeply intertwined with the history of Provence. In this ancient land, viticulture dates back to the Phocaean Greeks who first introduced grapevines to the region around 600 BCE. Over the centuries, winemaking has become an integral part of the region’s culture and identity. Today, Château Minuty carries on this proud tradition, crafting wines that reflect the unique terroir and the Mediterranean soul of Provence.