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Edward Dillon Adds Minuty Wines to World Class Portfolio

Edward Dillon is delighted to announce the addition of Minuty wines to the Moët Hennessy Ireland portfolio of premium wines and spirits, as they become the distributor of Minuty in the Republic of Ireland.

Château Minuty’s cuvées express the soul of long summer evenings in Provence. For four generations, the Matton-Farnet family has cultivated excellence, promoting a uniquely Provençal art de vivre with its collection of exquisitely fresh, exceptionally aromatic Minuty wines. From the Gulf of Saint-Tropez to the world’s finest dining tables, a glass of Minuty is the epitome of convivial moments and shared pleasure.

Château Minuty is one of the last estates in the Côtes de Provence where grapes are harvested entirely by hand. Each year, over 100 people join Minuty’s usual team of 20, where hands are kept busy for the duration of “les vendanges”, the cutting of the grape bunches one by one. Buckets fill quickly and are carried to vehicles that transport the fruit to the winery.

Tractors are used in vineyards located on the estate, while faster trucks transport grapes from plots farther afield. This method is used so that the precious bunches can arrive at the press intact and in perfect condition, with no maceration or oxidation.

Andy O’Hara, Edward Dillon CEO, commented: “The addition of Minuty wines to the Moët Hennessy portfolio is a wonderful opportunity for Edward Dillon. Rosé wines, and especially Provençal rosés, have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years. As distributors in Ireland, we will bring increased accessibility to the category for our customers and consumers.”

2022 Vintages

Minuty is proud to unveil its 2022 vintage wines. The new vintages are a jewel, in the purest Minuty style, light and elegant, vibrant and fresh. Although it was atypical, with plenty of unexpected twists, 2022 was a truly exceptional year in the vineyards.

The grape harvest at the family estate began on August 16, an unusually early start, owing to a year of high temperatures and little rainfall. Throughout the vineyards in the heart of Provence, the sound of secateurs kept up a lively rhythm and the harvest was completed before the week’s end.

The winter of 2022 was unusually chilly, with a water deficit of 50%, but still the spring budburst was helped along by the vines’ resilience and the soil’s residual moisture. The warm weather early in the season fostered rapid flowering. A water shortage coupled with high temperatures during the summer concentrated the grapes, thus limiting yields of juice. Ultimately, the 2022 harvest proved exceptional, producing magnificent wines that are wonderfully light, crisp and fresh.

Minuty Prestige Rosé (RSP €28) has stood as the symbol of quality rosé for more than 25 years. On the nose, this cuvée stands out for its clear-cut fragrances, ranging from yellow grapefruit to white currant, with hints of blood orange and fresh raspberry. The flavours are clean and direct, with pleasing saline and citrusy notes on the finish. A mouthwatering, instantly appealing wine that pairs well with sushi, grilled fish or stuffed vegetables.

Minuty M (RSP €24) is pure pleasure, pure Provence and pure Minuty in a bottle. Pale pink and pearlescent, this rosé offers immediate pleasure with an intensely aromatic nose that evolves from tangy berry to tropical fruit notes. It is light, lively and refreshing on the palate, with appealing zesty and herbaceous notes. It pairs excellently with summer salads or shellfish.

Minuty Prestige Rose is exclusively available in the on trade and can be found in Eleven, Loughlinstown.

Minuty M is available at Roly’s Bistro in Ballsbridge, JJ Gibney’s in Malahide and The Temple Bar Pub or from independent wine stores including Whelehans Wines, Redmonds Ranelagh, Jus De Vine, Portmarnock On The Grapevine, Dalkey, Martins Off Licence Fairview, 64 Wines Glasthule, Mitchell & Sons Sandycove, Higgins Clonskeagh, The Wine Centre Kilkenny, The Malt House Trim and D Six Wines Harolds Cross.

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