When it was first revealed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would be producing wine from their 1,000-acre estate in the south of France, eyebrows from within the wine industry did not significantly raise. Only when it announced that the Jolie-Pitts were partnering with the Perrins, one of the most experienced organic winemaking families in the industry, did heads turn. Serious praise soon followed upon the release of the 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé, which was later named the best rosé of the year. And it hasn't stopped since.
Give credit to Jolie and Pitt, who from the beginning were eager to not only surround themselves with experienced winemakers, but also learn first-hand the ins and outs of winemaking.
"I'm a farmer now," Pitt says in the June issue of Wine Spectator magazine. "I love learning about the land and which field is most suitable for which grape, the drama of September and October: Are we picking today? Where are the sugar levels? How is the acidity? Is it going to rain? It's been a schooling for me. In the off months, I enjoy cleaning the forest and walking the land."
Pitt adds that it's his "compulsive drive" to succeed that's behind a lot of his early wins in the winemaking business.
"For better or worse," Pitt said, "given my compulsive nature, if we are going to be in the wine business, let's make the best wine we can ... I asked the question, ‘Why can't we make world-class wine in Provence?' Let's approach it like a film, and let's make something we can be proud of and people can enjoy."
Next up for Marc Perrin and Pitt: a widely-anticipated release of a red wine. But you'll have to be patient.
"We envision a superb Provence red. A super Provence. Give us seven years," Pitt said.
With early results so good, something tells me the winemaking world will gladly give them all the time they need.
The June issue of Wine Spectator is available on newsstands now.
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