Forbes recommended Château Minuty 281 2020 as the first of “6 Magnifique French Rosés” to enjoy on Bastille Day. Writer Nicole Trilivas offered great background on the estate and an extremely favorable review of this luxury wine.
She explains, “the family-owned Château Minuty is one of only a few estates to be certified Cru Classé in the Côtes de Provence appellation, and while this bright and breezy brand has a wide range of rosés on offer (starting with the affordable M Range and Prestige Range), for something special it has to be Château Minuty 281. Each year, the winemakers of Minuty set aside only the best Provençal Grenache (90%), Syrah and Cinsault to craft the exclusive 281 rosé; the name of which is derived from the specific shade of blue (Pantone 281) of the bay of St Tropez as seen from the Minuty winery in nearby Gassin. Delicate and refined with notes of summery white stone fruit and iodine-inflected minerality, Minuty 281 is unexpected, extraordinary and everything you want in a French rosé.”
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Côtes de Provence
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 Provence.
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.