2015 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
A slightly muted nose with pure floral hints. Slightly heavy palate but the ripe strawberry and gentle raspberry fruit characters are coupled with a delicate spice. This classy rose is mouthfilling and would shine even more with food which would enhance its complexity and fragrance.
Pale orange. Expressive scents of fresh red berries, orange zest, white flowers and chalky minerals show excellent clarity and lift. Fine-grained and focused on the palate, offering zesty red currant, strawberry and tangerine flavors and an exotic touch of honey on the back half. The floral note comes back strong on a silky, very persistent, mineral-tinged finish.
*Editor's Choice* The product of a partnership between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with the Perrin family of Château Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this bottling achieves instant fame. Happily, it is also a very fine wine, perfectly balanced between crisp fruit and acidity. In the background a touch of tannin accompanies pepper and minerality. It is ready to drink. (RV)
A pleasant little Côtes de Provence Rosé from a property that played host to St-Thomas Aquinas in 1252, was the residence of the Prince of Naples in the 1400s, and appeared in the Register of Noble Houses. Rock fans may like to know that the recording studio "Studio Miraval" created on the site has reverberated with the music of Sting, Sade, and the Cranberries, and that Pink Floyd recorded "The Wall" there in 1979. Miravals' current residents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt partnered with Château de Beaucastel's Perrin family to produce the wines. Hey, who doesn't have a winter residence in Provence? More to the point, who doesn't need a crisp, refreshing Côtes de Provence rosé in the summer? A conversation starter, to be sure.