Passport To A Summer Shangri-La, Via Chateau Minuty & Riedel
From fine wines to effortless fashions and overall joie de vivre, we can all agree that no one does summer quite like the Europeans do. Even if we all can’t take off the month of August, two of Europe’s most renowned family-run luxury brands would like to “whisk you away” with an exclusive rosé passport — complete with the finest of St. Tropez rosés and the chicest glass of the season. Because just like pools and floats or beaches and flip-flops, what good is a bottle of rosé without its ultimate summer accessory?
Embodying the luxurious paradise that is St. Tropez, Chateau Minuty has made quintessentially Provençal rosé for three generations. Powerfully aromatic, 2017 Minuty Rose et Or (SRP: $40) is a vibrant rosé with a bouquet of white flowers and fresh citrus. Pale in color with crystal reflections, the freshness and finesse of this wine would top the lists of “how to live like a Parisian.”
The très chic 2017 Minuty 281 (SRP: $79),cultivated from a selection of 25-year old vines, is intense with a beautiful complexity, featuring fine aromas of peach and passionfruit. Its striking blue-necked bottle is the PMS color (#281) of the Mediterranean waters off St. Tropez. Together, these wines, which are available in fine wine retailers across the country, are the ultimate addition to any summer fête.
Of course, such glam bottles demand equally stylish glasses, and there is no better seasonal accessory than Riedel’s Fatto a Mano Pink glass (SRP $100/glass, Riedel.com), the newest addition to its series of colorful handmade stems. The glasses’ hue mirrors the soft blush tones of the Provençal rosé, making a poolside photoshoot inevitable. (Just tag yourself at Club 55 — who else will know?)