A new rosé Champagne has been created by a leading cast of winemakers alongside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, co-owners of Château Miraval in Provence, following a five-year ‘secret’ project.
Brad Pitt took a leading role in creating Fleur de Miraval rosé Champagne, said the team behind the new house and label, describing it as ‘not some new celebrity wine, but an authentic project’.
It builds on the success of Château Miraval, which since 2012 has been producing acclaimed Provence rosé wines and remains co-owned by Jolie-Pitt, as well as by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Miraval co-owners had joined with the Péters family in Champagne to begin a new project. The Péters family, established in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, is internationally renowned for its Champagne, and especially the blanc de blancs style, which it has made from its own grapes since 1919.
‘Fleur de Miraval is the culmination of five years of work, research and tasting, done in the utmost secrecy,’ said Rodolphe Péters.
Fleur de Miraval is a rosé Champagne composed of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir.
An extraordinary achievement this, made by the famously difficult saignée method, yet with a wonderful onion skin colour and poised aromas of lemongrass, small red berried fruit and pink grapefruit. Rodolphe Péters from the eponymous Champagne house in Le Mesnil sur Oger demonstrates why he is seen as one of the very finest winemakers in Champagne, coaxing wonderful complexity from his reserve wines ( aged in a solera) and ensuring definition and purity from the base wines, the purity and elegance of the 25% Pinot Noir component quite breathtaking. Despite the relatively modest time on lees (three years), there is definite pedigree here, and, given the aspiration to forge a new style of rosé, a triumphant aura of complexity and latent potential. Rodolphe already has a reputation for making some of the finest Chardonnay-based Champagnes; now the inspired partnership with the Perrins of Beaucastel, who, it has to be admitted, know a thing or two about red wine, has yielded a hugely impressive debut for the Fleur de Miraval. Behind these two winemaking giants there is the owner, a certain Brad Pitt, who has achieved a degree of success elsewhere (!) but who has been surprisingly hands-on with this project, as of course he is at sister company Miraval in Provence. Not a bad team, all in all. What’s more, this wine is appreciably different to the other prestige rosé Champagnes on the market, without in any way losing out in terms of profundity, or, at a more basic level, the power to give pleasure. The very high expectations have been matched… and then some! [94 Points, Simon Field MW, decanter.com]
The rosé is aged on lees for three years in the dark cellars in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Champagne is particularly sensitive to ultraviolet rays and sunlight, and the Fleur de Miraval bottle is lacquered to prevent exposing the wine to light.
It is also a very exclusive wine, as only 20,000 bottles have been produced for this first edition.