The Hype Magazine included several VINTUS wines in a recent article dedicated to new wine releases and industry developments, including Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2019, M de Minuty 2020, Minuty Prestige 2020 and Champagne Ayala’s Brut Majeur and Rosé Majeur.
After noting Guigal’s specialization in the great white Rhône varieties, the writer continues to elaborate on the Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2019. “A fresh note marked by distinctive Viognier aromas of white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach. The fruits featured come through on the palate, with plenty of richness and body. Overall, it makes for a well-rounded wine with simultaneous intended elegance, power and balance.”
M de Minuty 2020 is describes as “a quintessential Côtes de Provence rosé, a style that Château Minuty has helped define. Fresh, lively and perfectly-balanced, a glass in hand aims to transport you to the seaside and the French riviera lifestyle.” Whereas the writer offers context of the two main estate vineyards from where Minuty Prestige is sourced, before saying it is “beautifully pale with pomelo highlights. Its nose is precise and delicate with notes of flowers and melon. Within the mouth, the wine is well-balanced, with notes of citrus and red fruits.”
The piece highlights Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur as “the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance.” In addition to detailing the blend, the writer notes the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay come together “in a harmoniously balanced blend,” whereas the “the complement of Pinot Meunier adds a touch of fruitiness and liveliness.” The Rosé Majeur “is made predominantly from Chardonnay” and a “a low dosage enables it to express its House style, both feminine and generous, with great elegance.” The very high proportion of Chardonnay and the aging process result in a Champagne with remarkable finesse.
The piece goes into much greater detail on each wine, and can be read in full HERE
Côtes du Rhône
Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône Blanc both sets and steps outside the standard for the appellation and showcases one of the great secrets of the Guigal family: their specialization in the great white Rhône varieties. While only 8% of the Rhône's production is white, a full 25% of Guigal’s production is white and they are today the single largest producer of whites in the Rhône Valley.
Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, coupled with extended aging in Ayala's cellars and a low dosage, make this wine suitable for any occasion.
Rosé Majeur is the perfect embodiment of the originality and finesse of the House’s wines. Made predominantly from Chardonnay, it is crafted with the addition of a small proportion of still Pinot Noir from the best crus of the Montagne de Reims. A low dosage enables it to express the House style, both feminine and generous, with great elegance.
Côtes de Provence
M de Minuty is the quintessential Côtes de Provence rosé, a style that Chateau Minuty defined,and is the reason behind their success as the world's top producer of premium rosé. Fresh, lively and perfectly balanced, fantastic quality, a glass in hand transports you to the seaside and the French riviera lifestyle, watching the sea and the sky, surrounding yourself with friends and family, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Côtes de Provence
If you notice just one wine on the beach and seaside restaurants in the south of France, it is almost certainly Minuty Prestige. This wine has become the emblem of the Riviera lifestyle, and it is place that has been earned through the unbelievable dedication to quality by the Minuty family.
Rhône Valley, France
The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.
Côtes de Provence
Château Minuty is the global leader in Côtes de Provence rosé, and beyond that it can be argued is the most important estate in the history of Provence rosé. The Saint-Tropez based, family owned estate has been, since its founding, one of the quality leaders for the region. Minuty then became one of the most visible producers in the second half of the 20th century, a result of quality production and commercial foresight when no one in the region could imagine the global phenomenon Provence rosé would become. And then in the last two decades, Minuty defined the vision for and led the unbelievable growth in Provence rosé around the globe.