Built under the reign of Napoleon III, Château Minuty was bought in 1936 by Gabriel Farnet who undertook to restore it to its former splendour. In 1955 the estate joined the small circle of 23 Crus Classés of the Côtes de Provence appellation. Then the property was acquired by Monique and Etienne Matton who, thanks to their dedicated work, contributed greatly to establishing the reputation of Château Minuty among the fashionable society of the Côte d'Azur. Today, the brothers Jean-Etienne and François Matton have taken over the reins of the estate, combining tradition with a modern spirit.
At the origin of great Côtes de Provence wines, the 160 hectare vineyard of Château Minuty lies on the peninsula of Saint Tropez. On the hillsides of Gassin and Ramatuelle, the vineyard benefits from a Mediterranean climate. With a south-western exposure, the sea breezes coming from the coast preserve the health of the grapes throughout the year. The soils are varied between schist and limestone which allows the different grape varieties to be grown where they flourish best. The vines are grown using sustainable viticulture methods and are cared for in a preserved environment with a rich ecosystem. In order to ensure optimal and constant quality, a massal selection is made from a collection of Grenache vines that are on average 30 years old. In addition, a plot-by-plot selection of the three main terroirs of the estate is used to produce this wine.
This wine, created in 2015, is called 281 in reference to the blue Pantone number used for the bottle design. This intense colour pays homage to the Mediterranean Sea which influences and enhances the Minuty vineyard every year.
Winemaking and ageing
Following the harvest done by hand, the grapes were destemmed before being crushed, cooled and made inert with CO2. A meticulous selection of the first juices was carried out in order to keep only those of high quality. Alcoholic fermentation at 14°C.
The wine has an elegant pale pink colour.
First dominated by citrus, exotic fruit and whitecurrant notes, the nose developes complex scents of white-fleshed fruit and vine peaches underlined by iodine and spicy (white pepper) touches.
The palate is airy, unveiling a lovely fullness and a long continuance.
Food and wine pairing
This Château Minuty 281 2022 pairs perfectly with grilled lobster, spicy dishes (veal curry, grilled yakitori) or elegant red fruit desserts.
For the best tasting, serve between 10 and 12°C.