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Château Miraval is located close to the ancient town of Correns, just to the north of Brignoles right in the heart of Provence. The property is, if you will forgive the hyperbole, pretty much as close to paradise as it is possible to be, a terraced oasis nestling in the forests and scrub of the Mediterranean. Its history goes some way to explain the magical aura which pervades the valley; located close to the Roman road Via Aurelia, Miraval was the site of a monastery in the Middle Ages, thereafter a refuge for the Bourbon kings. More recently, it has been a peaceful retreat for latter-day troubadours, its recording studio tempting the likes of Sting, Sade and Pink Floyd to record some of their finest work over the years. Inspiration is clearly not hard to come by here. The latest incumbents are no strangers to fame and fortune; not only is Miraval the summer retreat of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but it is also the winery where they have launched a joint venture with the Perrin family of the renowned Château de Beaucastel in the Rhône Valley.
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This could be the perfect Provencal rosé – the palest pink with aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries and a touch of fennel. Red fruit and citrus on the palate, this is perfectly poised between easy drinking for an aperitif but some structure that would cope admirably with a light lunch. This is dangerously drinkable! Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager
The latest Miraval Rosé vintage, 2015 surpasses all others in quality. This rosé wine is genuinely good and worth every penny. Miraval Rosé is the only rosé to have appeared in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list of the Best Wines (2013). Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate called it "a killer rosé.” Miraval the property and Miraval the wine capture the essence of Provençale charm, the epitome, perhaps, of Matisse’s ‘Luxe, calme et volupté’. The terraced vineyards date from Roman times, as indeed do the surrounding forests, the environment of scrubland (aka garrigue) thyme and olives, providing a most welcome refuge, no doubt, for Hollywood A- listers seeking to brush up their winemaking knowledge. It seems, indeed, that Brad and Angelina are more hands-on than one may have expected, their hands expertly guided around the winery by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel fame.
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