Chateau Miraval Provence Rosé by Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie)
Fellow wine lovers, as wine becomes ever more popular, we’re seeing an influx of celebrities who are lending their famous names towards launching their own brand of wine, often resulting in something overpriced and mass-produced. So when I heard that Hollywood power-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, known in the entertainment world simply as “Brangelina”, were to debut a label of their own, I approached it with a healthy sense of skepticism. In fact, I dismissed the notion entirely. It wasn’t until I chanced to try the wine for myself, that I was unexpectedly surprised… the wine is good, REALLY good!
As the L.A. Times put it, “it’s not another crappy celebrity wine” – only problem, once I started to show interest in the wine, everyone told me it would be impossible to get a hold of it, that it was sold out long before it even hit the market, so I never even tried. I figured it was all snatched up by A-list Hollywood types. It wasn’t until a good friend expressed interest that I thought I might try my hand at securing a few bottles, and told him that if could somehow get it, I’d make it the next feature on Impulse.
Miraval 2013 Côtes de Provence Rosé $24.99 (Normally $28)
Chateau MIraval has a storied history, serving as the recording studio for Pink Floyd’s 1979 album “The Wall” and hosting other musicians such as Sting, The Cranberries, and Sade throughout the years. In 2008 Brad and Angelina acquired the estate as their summer home in the South of France, with an eye towards using the property to eventually launch their own wine label.
Brangelina has teamed up with one of the most recognizable names in Southern French wine, Marc Perrin and the Perrin Family of Châteauneuf-du-Pape fame, makers of the world renowned Beaucastel as well as Tablas Creek Vineyard in California. Together, they’re planting vineyards, experimenting with different grape varieties, and turning out world class wines.
Last year the Miraval Rosé earned a place of honor among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2013. This year Decanter Magazine rates it 91 points and calls it “mouthwatering.”
A beautiful shade of light pink in color, the nose is fresh with vibrant orange blossoms and strawberries. The palate is richer and fuller than most other rosés I’ve had recently, with notes of tangerine zest, freshly muddled strawberries, flower petals, and a mineral salinity that comes from Mediterranean climates like the South of France. The Miraval is the most complex Rosé I’ve tasted all year, with a comparably long finish that’s dry and creamy.
It comes in a very stylish bottle, based on the traditional Provencal style, and we may also have a few magnums (1.5L) available, if you’re interested in those, please email me.
Click here to order the Miraval Rosé
Region: Côtes de Provence AOC, France
Vineyard: Estate Vineyards
Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle
Aging: 95% stainless steel and in 5% oak barrels with batonnage.
Alcohol: 13% by volume
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Press: 91 Points from Decanter Magazine
Food Pairings: Sushi, Nigiri, Sashimi, Salmon Carpaccio