Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enter the winemaking industry





Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are to produce wines from their French chateau in southern France according to Decanter.

Pitt and Jolie have teamed up with the Perrin family, long-term owners of Château Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and one of the most respected names in the Rhone Valley.

In partnership with vintner Marc Perrin and starting with the 2012 harvest, a rosé called Miraval, named after their chateau, is planned for release next month and white wines are expected to follow later in the year.

The rosé was formerly known as Pink Floyd because the aforementioned British band recorded their seminal album The Wall, at the Château Miraval in Correns in 1979. The property was also once owned by French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier and in addition to Pink Floyd; the recording studio has been used by Sting and the Cranberries amongst others.

The estate has been the Hollywood couple’s second home since 2008 having initially signed a three-year lease. During the lease period the chateau’s AOC Côtes de Provence continued to be made by the previous winemaker. Pitt and Jolie have since bought the property for an estimated $60 million and have reportedly carried out extensive renovations across the 500 hectare estate. It has in excess of 148 acres (60 hectares) of vines that meander across a valley at an altitude of 350 metres.

Decanter claims the estate is to undergo a full geological survey to be carried out by soil expert Claude Bourguignon, and field grafting of some varieties such as Mourvèdre in order to add complexity to the Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend that is currently used in the red wines.

The back label of the Miraval wine carries the names Jolie-Pitt and Perrin, and the latter believes the property provides the perfect opportunity to produce some stellar wines.

Marc Perrin told Decanter.com: “The terroir, the freshness that comes from the altitude, and the exposition of the vines are all incredible.

“For us as winemakers, it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with grapes that we know well, in an environment where striving for quality is the most important thing."

Despite the high-profile nature of the proprietors, Perrin suggests Pitt and Jolie have been hands on in their approach.

"The focus will now be more about Miraval itself that any specific cuvée,” He continued, “They (the Jolie-Pitts) want to ensure they are making the best Provence wines they can. They were present at the blending sessions this year, and are relooking at everything from the installations in the winery – where we have already switched to stainless steel tanks – to reworking the labels across the range of wines."
 
The wine went on sale at on 7th March on the Perrin family website, and according to the winery’s PR company, it had sold out within six hours.
Despite the wine’s lofty associations, the Miraval Rosé 2012 was retailing at a very reasonable €15 a bottle, with the Perrin’s charging €105 for a half case including shipping to addresses in France.
 
 

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