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Vendanges Nocturnes

Minuit Rose is not exactly a rosé wine like any other. Minuit Rose is a Côtes de Provence rosé which secret lies in the Vendanges Nocturnes process that enhances greatly the quality and aromas of wine. 

The Château d'Astros where Minuit Rose is elaborated has a long story in relation with the sky and stars. Some say that's even where its name came from.

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The Legend

This tradition goes way back to the XIIth century. The legend goes on to say that the stars from Provence give the grapes extra flavors and that Château d’Astros was named after them (asters).

Martin Maximin, early owner of Astros used to secretly meet his fiancée at night in the vineyards. 

Maximin found the grapes so fresh and delicate at night that he decided to harvest exclusively at night from then on. The ritual has been going on ever since in memory of their early romance...

 

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Elaboration

The harvest takes place at night, when the temperature is at its lowest in order to keep the grapes from getting damaged and to lock up amazing aromas which would disappear during day-time. These Vendanges Nocturnes as we call them are the secret behind such a delicate wine.

On arrival at the chai, the grapes go through a short period of pellicular maceration to extract as much of the aromatic character as possible from the grapes, before moderate pressing in a pneumatic press.
After cold settling, alcoholic fermentation takes place at a maximum temperature of 17°C for 15 to 20 days.

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Tasting Notes

Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes, this delicate rosé wine features a lovely pale pink color with an aromatic nose of grapefruit.

On the palet, the wine is round, aromatic and well balanced.

Food Pairing

Minuit Rose is a favorite on all occasions, especially among women. It is ideally served as an aperitif or with grilled fish or poultry.