Miraval Rose, With Thanks to Brangelina

By Analiese Paik

Chateau Miraval is now owned by Brangelina, but the property was famous long before they were.

Jolie-Pitt and Perrin. Imagine my surprise in finding these names on the back of a bottle of Miraval rosé from Provence. The first two are of course the last names of the famous actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, aka Brangelina. From the in-store marketing I learned that a few years ago Jolie and Pitt purchased Chateau Miraval, where they not only vacation but also grow grapes native to the region using organic practices. In partnership with the Perrins from the famous Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the grapes are made into a beautiful rosé.

Normally, a celebrity name on a wine bottle would send me running in the other direction, but this wine beckoned and I happen to like them. The label and bottle are elegant (it’s a Champagne bottle!), and I love that it’s made from organic grapes by an esteemed producer. Provence is the world leader in rosé production, but it’s now made the world over using everything from pinot noir to malbec, all quite different and refreshing particularly in the summer months. Yet somehow there’s something special about a traditional rosé from Provence.

Pour a small amount in a large wine glass, give it a few swirls, then inhale deeply. You’ll find this pale salmon-colored rosé has a beautiful aroma full of ripe red fruit along with some floral notes. Take a taste and swirl it around your mouth to coat your tongue, then inhale through your mouth, and finally swallow. I’ve done this about 10 times and like the wine more each time. No wonder the Wine Spectator’s given it a rating of 90 points! Chateau Miraval Cote de Provence Rose 2012 is a dry wine (no residual sugar), but it’s really round and elegant, with delicate fruit flavors and acid in balance, and a nice long finish to boot (the finish is how long you can taste the wine after you’ve swallowed it).

This wine can be enjoyed with just about any food, even grilled meats. Serve it nice and cold and keep it in a wine bucket for optimal enjoyment. I suggest buying more than one bottle so you have something special on hand. I purchased Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé 2012 from Pitt-Jolie & Perrin for $21.99 at Total Wine in Norwalk, CT, a large store that offers an enjoyable shopping experience with knowledgeable employees and competitive prices.

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