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)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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