Minuty

France

Gabriel Farnet, who already owned Domaine de Châteauneuf in Vidauban, acquired Château Minuty in 1936. The estate was originally built under Napoleon III, as was the small chapel that gave its name to the cuvée de l'Oratoire, which remained the emblematic bottle for a long time. Many palaces on the Côte d'Azur still have these bulging bottles. Gabriel Farnet began by replanting the entire estate after the Second World War. In 1955, Minuty was one of only 23 estates to be awarded the title of Cru Classé des Côtes de Provence. Monique Farnet, Gabriel's daughter, and her husband Etienne Matton, long-time president of the Crus Classés, replanted traditional Provencal grape varieties (Tibouren, Rolle, Grenache), limiting yields while striving for the highest quality in winemaking. Thanks to this rigorous work in the vineyards, they established Minuty's reputation on the Côte d'Azur's finest tables. The 1990's saw the next generation taking over and continuing to develop Minuty. They have put their signature on the wine by continuing to renovate the vineyard, replacing the Carignan and Ugni blanc with Grenache and Rolle, and by equipping themselves with modern, high-performance tools. Under their influence the reputation of Minuty has spread across France and the rest of the world.

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