Château Minuty

Château Minuty has been a famous name in Provençe since it was built in the mid-1800s, but when it was taken over by Gabriel Farnet (grandfather of the current owners) in 1936, it was soon recognised as one of the region’s benchmark properties. In 1955 the authorities ratified the classification of Provence’s Cru Classé estates (the only official ranking of wine producers outside of Bordeaux) and Gabriel’s son Etienne Matton became the president of this organisation, a position he held for 30 years. Today it is Etienne’s sons Jean-Etienne and François that run the estate. They have continued their father’s focus on quality by further reducing yields, building a brand new winery, replanting their Carignan and Ugni-Blanc with Grenache Noir and Vermentino and pioneering the use of pressurage direct in the production of their rosé wines.

This technique involves taking the first free-run juice that is released by loading the press with the grapes, before the actual pressing begins. The weight of the fruit is enough to bring about a light pressing and this premium juice is then run off immediately to be fermented separately – giving a rosé wine with sumptuous texture and elegance. The “M” de Minuty Rosé (in its world famous curved bottle) is made using 70% pressurage direct, while the “Rosé et Or” cuvée is made solely from this technique and is a rosé wine to rival any in the world. b Minuty’s 75 hesctares of vines, on the slopes overlooking the bay of Saint-Tropez, sit on calcareous schist and chalky soils that imbue the wines with their signature elegance and minerality.

Although 70% of production is given over to their rosé wines, there are also some excellent whites and a rich, silky red in the portfolio. These are serious, complex wines that are perfectly suited to the cuisine of the region and a permanent fixture on the most prestigious wine lists of the Côte d’Azur.

Château Minuty