Miraval Rose 2012
Rosé from Provence, France
#84 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
Beautiful light pale pink color. On the nose, fantastic bouquet with delicate aromas of white fruits, just-picked strawberries and floral notes. The mouth is complex with raspberry and wild strawberry notes, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone flavors. It has a refreshing acidity, thanks to the altitude of the vineyards, and a round, long, vibrant finish.
Miraval is a joint venture between Famille Perrin and Hollywood A-listers, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Wine Spectator - "Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have released their first wine, a 2012 rose from their Provence estate, Chateau Miraval. In a blind tasting of a flight of Provençal roses at Wine Spectator's New York office, the wine was refined and elegant, with pure flavors of dried red berry and tangerine, and a focused finish with flint and spice notes. It scored 90 points, or outstanding, on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale."
Chateau Miraval Winery
Tucked away in its own private valley in the ancient village of Correns – the first organic village in France – 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.
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 is a joint venture between Famille Perrin and Hollywood A-listers, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. View all Chateau Miraval Wines
About ProvenceGrenache and Cinsault. A move is being made to bring in more varieties, like Syrah, to increase the quality of the wines.
Notable FactsThe most important appellation is Côtes de Provence, where about 80% of the production is the typical style rose. Unfortunately, the easy-drinking aspect does not translate to the price – some of these wines are a bit pricey for drink-today wines. Some producers are making a shift to higher quality while others are selling their wines at a bargain. Either way, Côtes de Provence rose is a delicious match with any provence-style garlic-y cuisine. Other appellations to note include Bandol, Bellet, Les Baux-de-Provence, Cassis and Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Though Côtes de Provence rules in amount of wine produced, the quality appellation to know is Bandol. Mostly red and mostly Mourvedre, the wines of Bandol are able to age a few years, like many a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but also enjoyed in their youth.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 9
- 4 Stars: 2
- 3 Stars: 3
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 1
17 ratings, 12 with reviewsNewbie Wine Person - Weatherford, TX512/15/2013I'm not normally a wine drinker but this is exceptional wine. I only bought two bottles and want more. Hopefully wine.com will get more in so I can buy a case.jimwithjen - Philadelphia, PA510/31/2013This is a good Rose and I like it more than others because of its strong finish. If you are looking for a fruity Rose this is no the wine for you. This was the talk of the party but more because of the bottle and the star factor but still a good solid dry Rose. The wine is only a 4 start but because of the bottle and the buzz I gave it a 5.melsulliv - Salisbury, VT56/8/2013Very good wine. Light and refreshing. Great for sipping out on the deck with friends.anthony ohio - Cincinnati, OH55/26/2013I bought this for a Sunday outing. I no nothing about wines or champagnes whatsoever and I was nervous. All of my friends loved it and said it was a great pick. Of course they made jokes (first timer), but they loved it. If anyone can give me any ideas for wines for a newbie like me, then let me know.hrndfrg - Huntsville, TX510/7/2014LoriAnn - San Marcos, TX512/26/2013Delicious with just a hint of sweetness. Angie and Brad did a great job with this one!212/17/2013The Miraval Rose has a sweet and fruity aroma, but for me the alcohol overpowered the flavors of the wine.Ralph E - Bentonville, AR38/9/2013Howard Schechter - Tampa, FL38/2/2013jacarneysr - Brooklyn, NY47/23/2013Bright, fresh, enjoyable.controller1 - Pineville, LA27/18/2013Recently held a wine party and this wine was the least-liked wine. Starts fruity but quickly tastes of alcohol and leaves a bitter after-taste.kmcd - Cicero, IL56/1/2013this is the best wine i've ever had.56/18/2013Having never written a wine review, please bear with me. I purchased this wine solely for the celebrity value but found the flavor quite rewarding. My first taste was a burst of flavors, rather than some wine where only one or two flavors stand out. The rose was refreshing and had a lovely aroma. It is not sweet, but lightly tart. After my first bottle, I ordered a case.mpopiolek - Clarkston, MI46/18/2013Jersey - Franklin Park, NJ16/6/2013On a scale from 1 to 10, this was a solid 3. More alcohol taste than anything else. Wouldn't recommend it at all.Ian Emerson - Madison, WI35/18/2013Little Larry - Brooklyn, NY54/18/2013Great for special occasion.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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