The Minettes

Les Minettes

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Les Minettes. The name of choice for a well-represented estate.

In English, the slang term “les minettes” translates as both “the babes” and “the gals.” So, if this name evokes the elegant young ladies of the South of France, it is no coincidence. Christine Cheylan wanted a modern, sparkling, and refreshing wine, in short an all-pink reference to the minettes of Provence! The choice to name this wine was personal as well. From childhood, her father Robert gave her this affectionate nickname.

This fresh wine with pale salmon reflections perfectly compliments festive evenings out because it is structured with a beautiful liveliness. Les Minettes wine is the perfect balance of finesse, elegance, and freshness.

The grape varieties used to create this wine, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, are worked by direct pressing to obtain a clear color, a perfect match for lovers of contemporary rosé wines.

Its vinification in cold stalls and cold fermentation give this wine notes of citrus and flowers.

Pairings

Try Les Minettes on its own, as an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to salads, white meats, or grilled fish. This wine also compliments other dishes with Provencal flavors.

Tasting advice

Enjoy this wine chilled. For an optimal experience, chill your glass in the refrigerator for a half an hour before tasting.

Environmental distinction

Château Virant has an HVE 3 certification issued by the French government. This distinguished label is only obtained after having reached the highest level of environmental certification for farms. This label signifies sustainable production and practices with careful management of natural resources.

Awards

Although it is a new product, in 2020, Les Minettes won a bronze medal at the Concours Général Agricole in Paris.

The Concours Général Agricole in Paris allows farmers across France to compete against their peers in select categories. Year after year, Château Virant continues to medal with its wines and its olive oils, making it one of the most awarded estates in all of France.

In 2018, Les Minettes also won a silver medal at the national Vinalies competition.

This competition is especially impressive because the jury is composed exclusively of oenologists who judge both the quality and the typicity of the wines submitted for tasting. Winning a prize in this prestigious competition recognizes Château Virant as a quality producer in the wine industry.

Data sheet

Appellation of origin AOP Aix en Provence
Assembly Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
Vintage 2021
Wine color Rosé
Wine storage To be consumed within the year
Wine fermentation The juices undergo alcoholic fermentation only.
Wine maturation No breeding.
Dominant aromas Citrus and flowers
Floral
Fruity
Area The Cuvée des Minettes is a wine produced from a dozen hectares of our estate.
Location The vines are located on our parcels of land in the place called "Règne Iris", in the commune of Lançon de Provence.
Age of the vineyards To elaborate our rosés, the vines are aged from 3 to 25 years maximum.
Planting density The plantation has a density of 4000 trees per hectare.
Floors All plans take root in a clay-limestone soil
Particularity of the vineyard plantation The vineyard is exposed to the south in order to capture the maximum amount of sunlight.
Type of viticulture The entire estate is certified High Environmental Value level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture there is
Type of harvest Mechanical harvesting to guarantee a perfectly ripe crop.
Winery The Cuvée des Minettes is produced in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to control all the stages of stabulation and fermentation.
Vinification The vinification is done by direct pressing then stabulation and cold fermentation.
Bottling date 4 months after the harvest.
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Domain Château Virant
Type of crop Traditional
Alcohol content 13°
Operating temperature 12°
Date of harvest Harvesting is traditionally done during the last two weeks of August for these varieties
Custody level Optimum in the year following its vintage. Freshness preserved over 2 years.
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4.5 /5

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Alain M. published the 01/06/2022 following an order made on 21/05/2022

5/5

Parfai

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Delphine K. published the 20/04/2022 following an order made on 03/04/2022

4/5

Plaisant

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Claude R. published the 10/09/2021 following an order made on 16/08/2021

3/5

Bon mais un peu trop vineux à mon goût .

Comment from Chateau Virant the 08/09/2021
Bonjour Monsieur, le caractère vineux, que nous comprenons comme arômes complexes est recherché dans ce rosé qui évolue au fil du temps pour obtenir une structure renforcée. Aussi, et si vous souhaitez des rosés plus légers en bouche, nous sommes certains que vous apprécierez notre Cuvée Inspiration Rosé, véritable fleuron du domaine durant tout l'été grâce à ses arômes thiolés et floraux.

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MYRIAM M. published the 25/05/2021 following an order made on 14/05/2021

4/5

Joli contenant

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Simone R. published the 15/04/2021 following an order made on 04/04/2021

5/5

conforme à mes attentes

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Anonymous customer published the 17/01/2021 following an order made on 23/12/2020

5/5

Belle bouteille et très bon contenu

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Anonymous customer published the 16/07/2020 following an order made on 05/05/2020

5/5

excellent

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