What do they drink at high-end beach clubs around St. Tropez? I’m told it’s Chateau Minuty’s Rose et Or, a name that means “pink and gold.” Made with one rare and one well-known grape, this rosé wine is composed of 90% grenache, typical of Provence, and 10% of the ancient grape tibouren which arrived in France centuries ago from Mesopotamia, through Greece and Italy; tibouren contributes aromatics to the Provençal grenache.
In the glass, the wine is a gilded, pale peach color. It opens with stone fruit and citrus aromas, flirting with flowers around the edges. The palate is balanced by apricot and minerality, which linger ever-so-pleasantly into the lengthy finish. The wine is produced by the deservedly well-known Château Minuty in the region of Provence, which is the capitol of rosé production in France. At Minuty all the grapes are hand-harvested and farming is done sustainably.
WELL-RECOMMENDED: 91 [Becky Sue Epstein]
PAIRING: Serve chilled, either on its own or with summer lunches and suppers
WHO: Chateau Minuty
WHAT: 90% grenache, 10% tibouren
WHERE: Cotes de Provence, France
HOW MUCH: $40 (media sample)