Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are adding champagne to his portfolio.
Miraval, the French chateau owned by Pitt, Jolie and the Perrin family, is finally releasing its limited-edition Fleur de Miraval rosé Champagne this week, on October 15.
“For me,” Pitt told People, “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 colour.”
The five-year project to create the new rosé Champagne has been kept secret until now. The wine was made during the unique “saignée” method, which involves bleeding off a portion of red wine juice after being in contact with skins and seeds.
“The result is spectacular and I’m very proud of it,” Pitt said.
This blend is made from 75 per cent Chardonnay grapes of different ages and 25 per cent young Pinot noir grapes, and then aged for three years.
The limited first edition of Fleur de Miraval will consist of 20,000 bottlings.
Last week, world renowned sommelier Andreas Larsson gave the new champagne a rave review in a post on Instagram.
“Elegantly built with great persistency and precision. Drinks truly well today but should certainly improve from further cellaring,” Larsson wrote.
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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
“Miraval isn’t a ‘celebrity’ wine for me,” Pitt explained. “Above all, it’s a wonderful, exceptional estate that I fell in love with, and that I continue to invest in to make it one of the finest estates in Provence. For the wine, I partnered with the Perrin family. They have been winemakers for five generations. Together, we’re in it for the long term. It’s not just a passing trend.”
Pitt and Jolie found the Miraval property in 2008, finalizing their purchase in 2012. Sources have told People that, despite the couple’s separation, they are committed to the property as an investment for their children.