16/02/2014 – Château Miraval Provence Rosé 2013

Château Miraval Provence Rosé 2013, France
There’s been a whole flood of celebrities buying wine estates and becoming – to a greater or lesser extent I suspect – vignerons. Gerard Depradieu is heavily involved in several French estates, actor Sam Neil plays an active role in running his Two Paddocks estate in New Zealand and golfer Ernie Els produces some of South Africa’s most expensive wines. But the ultimate celebrity winemakers must be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who bought the highly respected Provence estate of Miraval early last year. Their maiden vintage sold out almost instantly, so grab this 2013 now if you want some – it was released only last week, so is brand new and is in stock at time of writing. It’s a typically pale and elegant Provence pink, with notes of lemon balm, thyme and redcurrant on the nose, and a fresh and precise palate, with good raspberry and rose-hip, very delicate flavours, and a lovely food-friendly and dry acidity in the finish. Watch the video for more on the intriguing celebrity history of Château Miraval (from Pink Floyd to Sting), and for specific food matching suggestions. £19.95, Berry Bros & Rudd.