Château Minuty

281 Rosé 2020

Côtes de Provence

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281 refers to the Pantone number for this royal blue color that elegantly cascades in a glaze down the side of the bottle.  It evokes the sky and the sea of Minuty’s French Riviera home, in particular the deep blue that appears everywhere after the strong afternoon wind.  100% estate from a single old plot of Grenache whose clone is exclusive to Château Minuty, it is the ultimate reflection of their special seaside vineyard and Côtes de Provence.


281 comes exclusively from the original estate vineyard, a half mile from the ocean and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. The quality of this location has always been evident, as the estate was one of the original 18 classified growths in Provence.

281 comes from the single plot that inspired the Matton brothers to replant much of their estate and focus on the Grenache grape. This plot, you could say, is responsible for what great Côtes de Provence rosé has become: a wine of aromatic complexity, beautiful and intense fruit, and seamless freshness. The plot is planted with one particular clone of Grenache that is unique to the Minuty estate. When a vine dies, it is replaced with the cutting of a living vine (massal selection) rather than re-planted with vines from a nursery. Finally, the Minuty family is proud of their strong commitment to sustainable viticulture. They quickly achieved the French government’s High Environmental Value certification for the estate’s biodiversity, farm management to limit inputs, and broader commitment to limiting environmental impact. All their vineyards have long been grown without the use of chemicals.


Minuty’s icon wine represents the greatest heights of their estate philosophy: to create as untouched as possible a pure and fresh expression of their vineyard. That means that while they make some white and red wines that see oak, this wine does not. In fact the opposite, they go to enormous lengths to avoid oxidation. The first step is, as with all their wines, fruit is handpicked. Just as important, they time the picking with their pressing, so that when the grapes are picked and brought over to the winery, they immediately go to the press, protected by carbonic gas. Grapes are chilled, and as for Rose et Or and Prestige, they only take the free run juice, around 65-70% of the total volume. Alcoholic fermentation is at cool temperature and lasts around 3 weeks. There is no malolactic fermentation. Selection and blending are done around the end of November.


The 2020 vintage saw a particularly warm winter causing an early growing season. Frost in March has impacted the overall production, but the consequent natural low yields have resulted in great concentration of the berries producing wines with exceptionally rich aromas. The frost contributed also in slowing down the growing cycle allowing moderate sugar concentration and lower alcohol (around 12.5%) while harvesting at full phenolic ripeness. The result is one of the best vintages in recent years, expressive and marked by a delightful freshness, signature of Minuty rosés.

Tasting Note

The color is pale pink with crystal reflections. Very intense aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers. Then on the palate, great depth with a pronounced mineral structure.



Grape Varieties

Grenache, Syrah


Côtes de Provence


Minuty uses no herbicides or pesticides and has been certified High Environmental Value for the estate’s biodiversity, farm management to limit inputs, and broader commitment to limiting environmental impact. They are also in the process of organically certifying a first part of their vineyard.



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"Vibrant and precise"

Vinous - July 1, 2021 "Shimmering salmon skin. An intensely perfumed, finely detailed bouquet features red berry, citrus and pit fruit aromas complemented by suggestions of chalky minerals, succulent herbs and honeysuckle. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering intense red currant, strawberry, blood orange and nectarine flavors that deftly blend depth and energy. The pit fruit and floral notes return emphatically on a very long, silky finish that features a late snap of minerality." - J.R.

"Rich, full and perfumed"

Wine Enthusiast - July 6, 2021 "This is the top rosé from this great estate situated in the hills above Saint-Tropez. It is rich, full and perfumed, with peppered wild strawberry flavors. Lined with acidity and textured, the wine is likely to age and should be drunk from 2022." - R.V.

"Fine and silky"

Wine Advocate - August 6, 2021 "Chateau Minuty's pale, coppery 2020 Cotes de Provence Rose 281 is named for the striking blue accent on the bottle; it's mainly old-vine Grenache from a single vineyard parcel. Hints of strawberry, melon, garrigue and sea spray appear on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is fine and silky, ending long and refined." - J.C.

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