#DrinkPink Rosé of the Week: 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé

It’s that time of year… Yes, it’s Rosé season!. With that in mind, I’ve embarked upon a series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  This week’s Rosé is the 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé.

The Winery 

Château Miraval, whose history dates back to the 14th Century is mostly known these days as the summer residence of Angelina Jolie and Brad PItt .  Prior to Brangelina’s purchase, Chateau Miraval was best known for its outstanding rosé called “Pink Floyd.” an Internationally applauded Rosé renown for its light, flinty and quite unique flavors,

The estate, which consists of 500 hectares in the heart of Provence, is cultivated 100% organically, In fact, Chateau Miraval is located in Correns, the first organic village in France.

The Wine

2012 was the first Chateau Miraval vintage stamped by the Hollywood couple, in a joint venture with established vintner Marc Perrin, of the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel.  The back label reads “bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin.”  The first 6,000-bottle run sold out within five hours.  Ultimately, 15,000 cases of this blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle (Vermentino) were imported.

The packaging is certainly upscale. The wine is basically in a Champagne bottle.  A nuisance for your wine rack for sure, but appealing nonetheless.  

2012 Miraval Rose
2012 Miraval Rose

My tasting notes follow:

Watermelon pink color with a hint of copper hues and fresh strawberry, dried rose, and wet stone aromas. On the palate, it’s fresh and approaching medium-bodied with strawberry, watermelon and hints of stone fruit flavors. Moderately complex. 13% alcohol SRP-$24  >Find this wine<

Rating:  B+: Bravo…Seriously good Rosé that lives up to the Provençal tradition for fine pink wines!

Pair with: This wine has the stuff to work well as both an aperitif and with food.  Pair with a Green Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese, tuna tartare, or a Niçoise salad.

Sample purchased for review 

Ratings Key:

(A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail

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