2013 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
There is no need to hawk for customers with an overly seductive blush; this is all about pale, barely-there pink. There is a lovely floral nose, soft fragrant roses, and from the first taste there is a delicate structure that deepens on the palate. But, as the French would say ‘il y a du vin’ - meaning that there is a sense of power alongside the elegance, a structure and a fresh acidity that gives the wine persistency, with a grip of minerality that gives a delicious mouthwatering finish. (Jane Anson, correspondent)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Clean, refreshing and classy, the 2013 Cotes de Provence Rose offers up plenty of strawberry and citrus-like aromas and flavors to go with a lightly textured, medium-bodied profile that's perfect for a hot summer day. Made by the Perrin Family (of Chateau Beaucastel), enjoy this beauty over the coming summer. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from cinsault, grenache, syrah and rolle): Pale orange. Fresh tangerine, strawberry and white flowers on the fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Silky and precise, offering tangy red fruit flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a white pepper nuance. Finishes clean, nervy and long, with excellent clarity and lingering minerality. This suave wine has the power to work with rich foods and the energy to give pleasure by itself.
A light, pure, steely style, with a rose petal and strawberry core, featuring white cherry notes backed by savory and stony hints on the finish. The finely beaded acidity lets this stretch out into a sneakily long finish. Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle. Drink now.
A pleasant little Côtes de Provence Rosé from a property that's 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. Starting with the 2012 vintage, Miravals' current residents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt partnered with Château de Beaucastel's Perrin family to produce the wines, and Miraval's 2012 Côtes de Provence Rosé was such a success that the winery has already sold out of the 2013. Despite it's celebrity caché, in the words of LA Times wine writer S. Irene Virbila, "it's not another crappy celebrity wine." (02/2014) To the contrary, the 2012 was the only rosé to rank among Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2013. Miraval maintains its reputation as among the best rosé producers in Provence, and proof is in the glass.