Château Minuty

Rose et Or Rosé 2019

Côtes de Provence

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Rose et Or encapsulates the Chateau Minuty Saint-Tropez estate. It speaks of the seaside with its freshness and flavors, and represents the ultimate in what a quality Côtes de Provence rosé can achieve: it’s gentle freshness giving way to concentrated, almost gourmet flavors.  It moves from the terrace to the white table cloth like no other.

Vineyard

Rose et Or 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.

The vineyard is heavily influenced by the marine proximity, with the afternoon winds bringing dryness and cool air. The mica schist soils contribute a notable minerality and are oriented to the southwest, allowing for full ripeness throughout the property.

In addition to the trademark Grenache, which the family have been pioneers in the region for empasizing, Rose et Or has a small proportion of Tibouren, a local grape that thrives in this particular area. It loves the moisture in the mornings, and develops a structure that gives Rose et Or its “spine”, and has a very pronounced flavor of salinity, as well.

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.

Winemaking

As with all Minuty 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 281 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.

Vintage

2019 was an excellent vintage. The late warm weather resulted in an early and relatively quick harvest, and the estate focus on viticulture and winemaking to emphasize freshness plays beautifully with the intense fruit. The final blend of the 2019 is 80% Grenache and 20% Cinsault.

Tasting Note

A pale color with crystal reflections. Very intense citrus fruit and white flower aromas. In the mouth, complex with an intense freshness and finesse, with notes of pink grapefruit and white peach.

Color

Rose

Grape Varieties

Cinsault, Grenache

Appellation

Côtes de Provence

Farming

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.

Alcohol

12.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$55

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast - "Full review in June 2020 issue"

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