Visiting Château Minuty
Published by Sarah Jones on 23/08/2017
We peeled ourselves away from the turquoise shores of Pampelonne beach, excited for our imminent meeting. Dodging the Mini Moke drivers and immaculately dressed Tropézienne, we jumped in the car; our destination - Château Minuty.
We found Minuty nestled below the hill tops of Gassin. We took a left turn up a long gravel drive, invited in by huge signs, which led us into the beautiful 19th century estate, ready to taste the finest of Provence rosés.
Warmly welcomed by the team at Minuty, we embarked on a tour of the vineyards, where we were encouraged to taste the Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault berries, which were juicy and ample, with just weeks to go until harvest. We learnt that on the first Sunday of the harvest, all the pickers are blessed in the beautiful 19th Century chapel which overlooks one of the main vine plots.
The Minuty story began in 1936, when the estate comprised only 17 hectares of vines; today the estate owns an impressive 110. Fortunately, the vineyards escaped the forest fires that swept across the region in recent weeks.
We wove our way through the fruit-laden vines, to the beautiful Napoleonic Château that has been home to the Matton-Farnet family for four generations. We could hear the laughter of the grandchildren as they frolicked in the pool with their bright pink inflatable flamingos - a perfect image for Minuty’s Instagram feed.
Next it was time to head to the tasting area, through the oldest part of the cellar. Passing concrete vats, stainless steel tanks and barrels, we emerged into the newly refurbished, state of the art tasting room, where we sat down for the best part of the tour.
Château Minuty Rose et Or was my personal favourite from the tasting - pale with crystal reflections like the nearby sea. On the palate, intense freshness and finesse, with notes of pink grapefruit and white peach. One sip didn’t seem enough!
So what is it that makes Minuty so special? Why is it regarded as one of the finest Provence rosés, drunk in over 75 countries and served in some of the best restaurants across the world?
Having now visited the heart of it, where it all began, I think it must be the overriding feeling of family and tradition at Minuty, all wrapped in an attitude of modernité and a constant drive for innovation.
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