A Friday Pairing: M de Minuty Rosé & Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Good afternoon, Savants! Here’s the thing: I’m a great believer in the serendipity of spontaneous pairings. So, on this sunny Friday afternoon, with an ice-cold bottle of Minuty screaming at me from my fridge, and a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 eagerly awaiting its turn in my humidor, a lightbulb moment struck me. A new Sartorial Savant tradition was born: our Friday Pairings.

Don’t be mistaken, this is no mere excuse to indulge in wine and cigars under the guise of ‘work’. Oh no, this is a noble pursuit! A mission for the betterment of society, nay, the world. The exploration of exquisite pairings and nuanced flavours is serious business indeed.

So, with the weight of this important task on my shoulders, I welcome you to the start of a weekly journey. Each week, we’ll discover a new spirit and cigar pairing, and I’ll be your guide, sharing my thoughts and experiences. Today, we find ourselves at the intersection of Provence’s charm and Cuba’s finesse – an unexpected duo that, to my delight, forms quite the harmonious pair.

Pour yourself a glass, light up a cigar if you have one, and join me on this flavor-filled expedition. Rest assured, we are doing important work here.

Provence rosé, with its delicately dry finish, and an exquisitely crafted Cuban cigar – an unlikely match made in heaven. This perfect summer pairing highlights the individual characteristics of both the rosé and the cigar while creating a harmonious blend when enjoyed together.

The M de Minuty Rosé is a quintessential Provençal rosé with a pale salmon hue and an enticing nose of citrus and red berries. On the palate, it reveals a delightful marriage of tangy grapefruit, sweet strawberries, and a touch of peach, carried by a backbone of crisp acidity. Its dry finish with a hint of minerality adds to its refreshing quality – an ideal summer sipper.

Now, let’s add in the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2. This medium-bodied cigar is praised for its consistency and balance. The initial draw reveals notes of cedar, cream, and a touch of spice, which develop into a rich nuttiness midway. Its earthy flavours and subtle sweetness complement the bright acidity and fruit-forward nature of the Minuty Rosé.

A sip of rosé, followed by a gentle draw of the cigar, brings forth an unexpected revelation – the fruity overtones of the wine meld beautifully with the creaminess of the cigar, while the cigar’s spice adds an intriguing dimension to the wine’s crisp finish. This cigar rosé pairing is truly a journey through a garden of flavours, each sip and puff uncovering a new layer of complexity.

As the sun sets and the cool evening breeze drifts in, I find myself at the end of this delightful journey. The M de Minuty Rosé, with its refreshing acidity and fruit-forward palate, has been the perfect companion to the earthy and subtly sweet Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this inaugural edition of our Friday Pairings as much as I have. And remember, while we’re savouring the subtle nuances of a good cigar rosé pairing, we’re doing important work for the world! Until next time, dear Savants, keep exploring, keep enjoying, and above all, stay well!

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