Parade included Champagne Bollinger Rosé NV, Champagne Ayala Rosé Majeur and Minuty Prestige 2020 in a round up of the best rosés to drink this summer.
Writer Kelli Acciardo said, “Fresh as a rosé, balanced as a Bollinger, as they say. Perfect for a picnic on a summer afternoon, as a pre-dinner drink or served with a fruity and tart dessert.” As for Ayala’s non-vintage offering, Acciardo adds, “Rosé Majeur’s very high proportion of Chardonnay and the aging process result in a Champagne with remarkable finesse.”
Moving away from bubbles, the piece accurately offers, “if you notice just one wine on the beach in south of France, it’s almost always Minuty Prestige. Can’t make it to Europe? Sipping Minuty is the next best thing. Sourced from two estate vineyards—the original estate vineyard in Saint-Tropez and Chauteau Verez in the hills of Vidauban—this rosé is beautifully pale with pomelo highlights.” Read the full story HEREBollinger-Ayala-Minuty-Parade-7.6.21
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.
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.
In the same way that Special Cuvée stands apart from non-vintage Champagnes, Bollinger Rosé is an exception for Rosé Champagnes. What is more, it is a relative secret, as Bollinger did not release a non-vintage Rosé until 2008 and the quantity produced is quite limited. The wine begins as Special Cuvée and then Bollinger’s specialty as the Pinot Noir producer in Champagne takes center stage, as the red fruits that join the conversation dance vibrantly, the finish has just a hint of perfectly repeat tannin, and the deep complexity of the wine shines through transparently.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.
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.