The weather is turning warmer and that means it’s time to start pouring the rosé (although some of us enjoy it year-round). Perhaps the premier source of rosés in the world is Côtes de Provence in southern France. Today we are trying two rosés from Château Minuty in Provence, made by brothers François and Jean-Etienne Matton. These two wines are a bit more expensive than most rosés, even ones from Provence, so let’s see if the quality warrants the price tag.
2021 Minuty Prestige Rosé – Made from 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Rolle, this rosé pours a very pale pink color. The nose is lively with a range of light fruit notes that come together well, including strawberry, peach, and melon coupled with cream. The palate follows suit nicely and is joined by a touch of minerality for a medium to long finish. The wine also has a lovely, silky mouthfeel. Altogether, this is a lovely example of Provencal Rosé. A- / $35
2021 “M” de Minuty Rosé – Light salmon in color, this rosé is made from 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, and 10% Tibouren. The nose is quite fresh, but restrained, showing strawberries with a touch of cream. The palate is bolder, again with strawberries and cream along with a fairly long finish. While similar, the two wines have some divergent characteristics: The first shows a wider range of fruit notes along with some minerality while the second showcased beautiful strawberry, and both have creamy character. I recommend trying both this summer. A- / $27