Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Peter Mikelbank
February 21, 2018 02:49 PM

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are holding onto their French roots.
Confirming their commitment to their Miraval chateau in France, the former couple—who launched a signature estate wine line in 2013—will release their latest bottling this week.
The fifth-annual release of their award-winning pink rosé will appear without change to their familiar “bottled by Jolie, Pitt and Perrin” label. First shipments will arrive in the United States immediately.
Winemaker Marc Perrin, 47, who partnered with the now-separated couple when the venture began, tells PEOPLE exclusively that the release designated Miraval 2017 is “very certainly our best vintage since we began in 2012. With magnificent aromas of fragrant white blossom and fruit, the wine retains that touch of distinctive minerality drawn from the limestone soils, that is the hallmark of the greatest French terroirs.”
“But what makes this 2017 vintage really stand out is its silky texture which adds a very special dimension to the wine,” the fifth-generation winemaker adds.
Despite speculation following their September 2016 separation that the power couple would put their $80 million French estate on the block, a source tells PEOPLE that “nothing has changed.”
Their intent has always been to keep the property in the family “as an investment for their children,” adds the source.
Miraval, located in the southern Provence region, garnered world-wide attention when the pair purchased the property a decade ago. Situated in a wine-growing valley at an altitude of 1,150 ft., the estate includes over 75 acres dedicated to cultivating Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes – and 26 acres now wholly dedicated to commercial olive growing. Both agricultural pursuits maintain strictly organic farming practices which were inplace when the couple acquired the property.
Respect for the regional wines has grown considerably in recent years, attracting interest from both amateurs and wine-making professionals. Last year, filmmaker George Lucas acquired property adjacent to Jolie and Pitt’s to add to his Skywalker Vineyard Collection.

Miraval Rosé Côtes de Provence - 2017

The vintage
The winter was mild and dry at Miraval, as everywhere else in Provence. The spring, also very dry, was marked by a frost episode in April, unfortunately affecting part of the property. In these particularly hot conditions, flowering was very fast at the beginning of June. At the beginning of the summer, the vineyard was exceptionally healthy, thanks to the combination of a very persistent Mistral and the beautiful spring conditions. The summer was also very hot and dry, with occasional localised thunderstorms. The end of summer conditions concentrated the sugars, acids and aromas in the small berries filled with fruit. The first juices are very fruity, with softness and a nice balance. The 2017’s are promising and have a strong aromatic potential.

Miraval rosé is a wonderful blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroir in Provence.

Issued from the Château’s best parcels (Muriers, Longue,Romarin), and from selected parcels in the best terroirs of Provence.


Clay and Limestone vineyard, partially in terraces located at an average of 350 meters. Cool climate for the area with big temperature swings between night and day.

The grapes are harvested exclusively in the morning and sorted twice. Destemming. ‘Pressurage direct’ for Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle. The Syrah is vinified partially using the «saignee» method. Vinified in temperature - controlled stainless steel vats (95%) and in barrels (5%) with batonnage.

Pretty pale color, petal pink, elegant with shiny reflections. This 2017 presents a very beautiful and intense aromatic expression of fresh fruit and spring flowers. In the mouth, the acidity is refreshing; a great elegance and a nice balance dominate, with a saline finish.  -- Recently redesigned website with a few new photos but the same text.

Tucked away in its own private valley in the ancient village of Correns – the first organic village in France – Château Miraval covers 500 hectares of land in the heart of Provence. The magnificent Château is set in a cirque surrounded by ancient woods, olive trees, vineyards and abundant water supply. Lush wildlife combines with the beautiful Provencal climate and quality Mediterranean lifestyle to reveal an enchanting oasis.

Château Miraval’s exclusive valley location embodies an exceptional terroir. Terroir is the expression of the soil, the climate and the history of the land – the essence of the wine. At an altitude of 350 meters the vines are privileged to enjoy warm, sunny days and cool nights, bringing freshness and balance to the wines.

Miraval sits at the foot of Via Aurelia – an extensive route built to facilitate Roman expansion in the 3rd century BC – representing centuries of history.
Following Celtic settlement and Roman occupation, the property served as host to monastic practice and as home to members of the French Court, appearing in the Registry of Noble Houses in the 14th century.
In 1970, the well-known jazz pianist and composer Jacques Loussier took ownership of Miraval, turning it into a recording studio – Le Studio de Miraval. There, a number of
famous musicians like Pink Floyd, Sting, Sade, The Cranberries and The Gipsy Kings came to record music.
Today, Miraval is a summer residence of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have given
impetus to the heart of the estate as a place dedicated to the arts – music, cinema, theatre, local food and fine wine.

The Vineyard
The vines are planted in protective terraces. Miraval’s magnificent cascading stone walled terraces have been perfectly restored to their traditional form.
The estate is cultivated without using herbicides, pesticides, or chemicals that can enter the vine and affect the evolution of the fruit.

Harvest & Winemaking
At Miraval, all grapes are carefully hand picked and hand sorted once they have reached desired maturity, ensuring premium selection. Since 2012, the owners of Miraval have partnered with Famille Perrin to help with the viticulture, winemaking and wine distribution. As one of the leading French wine producing families, Famille Perrin is experienced in producing high caliber wines. With investments in the latest winemaking technology and a passion for excellence at every stage of production, Miraval is dedicated to delivering top quality wines to international acclaim

© 2018 Miraval.


Miraval was named the best rosé wine in the world by Wine Spectator, and the challenge lies in making it a real alternative to champagne.
The agency’s recommendation was to assert the estate’s heritage and creative expression, to convey this stance through a luxury aesthetic backed by a creative direction that defies the traditional codes of wine.
A creative approach that appropriates the divine fruit and elevates it to art through a contemporary installation that changes the perception of space and of taste, revealing Miraval rosé in a different light.
Omedia created the “Art of Rosé” concept, an interface between Claes Oldenburg’s colossal everyday objects, Jeff Koons’s pop art and Anish Kapoor’s fascinating cavities.
A disruptive, resilient and poetic campaign for the aesthete, conceived like a true work of art.

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