While the accolades and reviews for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé were strong earlier this year, its inclusion among Wine Spectator's prestigious 100 Best Wine of 2013 list provides the fledgling brand with some serious cred in the world of viticulture.
The magazine listed the rosé at variety-best 84 - calling it: "Refined and elegant, offering pure and concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon. The focused finish features flint and spice notes, with a hint of cream. Drink now."
From the beginning, Jolie and Pitt have been serious about producing a quality product from their 1,000-acre estate in Correns, France. This included partnering with longtime French winemaker Marc Perrin on the venture and investing both their time and money in the manufacturing process.
"They (the Jolie-Pitts) want to ensure they are making the best Provence wines they can," Perrin told Decanter earlier this year. "They were present at the blending sessions this year, and are relooking at everything from the installations in the winery — where we have already switched to stainless steel tanks — to reworking the labels across the range of wines."
The Jolie-Pitts are also eager to continue Château Miraval's long history of sustainable viticulture. "No chemicals can be used on the grapes as these can enter the plant and end up in the wine," the website states. "Therefore, at Miraval no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides are used, only naturally occurring compounds such as sulfates and copper sulphate."
The couple expect to release their first white and red wine later next year. In the meantime, you can pick up a bottle of the 2012 Rosé for $24.99 here.