Before their headline making split back in 2014, former couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went into the wine business with the Perrin family of the Rhône’s Château de Beaucastel. Their first release was Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé from their Côtes de Provence estate back in 2012 which is still one of the best selling and best tasting Rosé wines on the market today, seriously love that stuff *chef’s kiss* and price point is decent. Though they’ve split, they’re still in the wine game and they’re bringing us their very first champagne offering with the addition of a third family, the Péters family, and its a Rosé Champagne, hallelujah!
“Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne is the culmination of five years of work, research and tasting done in the utmost secrecy”, says winemaker Rodolphe Péters “It is also a very exclusive wine as only 20,000 bottles were produced for this first edition.”
Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne as its named, will make its official worldwide debut on October 15 for consumer purchase but unlike most champagnes on the market, this one’s price point is on the high side so it might be more suitable for special occasion rather than daily consumption, you know unless you’ve got it like that and in that case, please invite me over. At time of publishing, Château Miraval’s Fleur de Miraval is the only Champagne house exclusively dedicated to Rosé Champagne.
“For me, Champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige, and luxury. But rosé Champagne is still relatively unknown. Backed by our success with Miraval in Provence, I wanted us to try to create the defining brand of rosé Champagne, focusing all our efforts on just this one color. The result is spectacular and I’m very proud of it.” -Brad Pitt
One of the first people to taste the champagne, is World’s Best Sommelier 2007 Andreas Larsson and he had this to say about Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne, “Fleur de Miraval shows a very gentle and bright rosé colour, a vivid mousse with fine bubbles. The nose starts out elegantly – layered and nuanced with chalky notes, roasted hazelnut, marzipan, fresh butter, pink citrus and lemongrass. After some time in the glass the Pinot enters with crushed raspberry, cherry and pain d´épice notes. The palate is nicely built, showing great flavour intensity and an invigorating freshness. It´s classically bone dry (4,5 grams of dosage) with a chalky presence , balanced by a mellow creaminess. Flavours of marzipan, confit de citron and peach with layers of mature nuttiness and fine pastry. Elegantly built with great persistency and precision. Drinks truly well today but should certainly improve from further cellaring. Score: 95 points.“
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I must say that I was quite excited to taste the Champagne that everybody talked about, but no one tasted yet. A great reunion with my old friend, Rodolphe Peters whose champagne making skills are nothing less than exceptional. A ground-breaking style that blends Chardonnay from Côte de Blancs of which one part is the actual vintage, one part reserve wines and one part mature wines from bottle. The rosé part being Pinot Noir from Vertus made as a rosé de saignée blended just before bottling to keep the notion of youthful red fruity freshness. It shows a very gentle bright rosé colour and a vivid mousse with fine bubbles. The nose starts out elegantly – layered and nuanced with chalky notes, fresh hazelnut, marzipan, fresh butter, pink citrus and lemongrass. After some time in the glass the Pinot enters with aromas of crushed raspberry, cherry and pain d´épice. The palate is nicely built, showing great flavour intensity and an invigorating freshness. It´s classically bone dry (4,5 grams of dosage) with a chalky presence , balanced by a mellow creaminess. Flavours of marzipan, confit de citron and peach with layers of mature nuttiness and pastry. Elegantly built with great persistency and precision. Drinks truly well today but should certainly improve from further cellaring. 95 points Non blind tasted 7th of October #champagne #fleurdemiraval #fleurdemiravalrose #champagnepierrepeters #cotedeblancs #rosechampagne #champagnelover #winelover #bradpitt #angelinajolie #familleperrin #miraval #sommelierlife #sommlifestyle #sommelierproblems
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For the wine connoisseur, you’ll be pleased to know that the Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne blends mature Chardonnay grapes which makes up 75% of the final blend, and young Pinot Noir grapes which makes up 25% to give the wine its subtle, pink color. Due to the fact that champagne is particularly sensitive to ultraviolet rays and sunlight, which can easily damage the wine, each Fleur de Miraval bottle is lacquered so that the wine is never exposed to light until the day the bottle is opened.
This new, family-run adventure is not some new “celebrity wine,” but an authentic project of wine growers combining their expertise, skills and passion. Château Miraval’s Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne is focused on excellence and inspired by the legend of Countess Fleur de Miraval who apparently drank only Rosé Champagne because she was born in Provence. She particularly liked the grilled hazelnut aromas that develop as prestigious Chardonnay wines age, and the vibrant, fragrant fruitiness of the Pinot Noir wines obtained by using the saignée method and blended while still young to preserve their freshness.
Photo credit: Château Miraval Fleur de Miraval Rosé
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