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Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé

Provence

Miraval

Château Miraval is located in the Provence village of Correns, the first 100% organic village in France...

All of the crops, including grapes, are grown organically in this wild and picturesque village. The Miraval rosé is a joint venture between the Perrin family (of Maison Nicolas Perrin and Château de Beaucastel) and Hollywood actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who also make Miraval their summer hideaway.  

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Vineyards

Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Château‘s three best parcels - Muriers, Longue and Romarin. The remainder is sourced from within the Correns region, just north of Brignoles in the heart of Provence. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don’t.

Vintage information

As for the whole of Provence, harvest was delayed due to a cold and rainy June. Grapes were picked between the 24th of September and the 18th of October, starting with Grenache and finishing with Cinsault. During this period, three days of rain helped the late varieties to reach their maturity, without compromising the quality of the grapes that remained healthy until the end.

Vinification

Grapes were harvested by hand in the cool, early hours of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes made it into the rosé. The Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle parcels were gently pressed to extract just the right amount of colour, while the Syrah was made using the saignée method. The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks separately and then blended post fermentation. Additionally, the Rolle was put into 228 litre barrels, with occasional battonage to add texture and complexity.

Tasting Notes

Pale pink in colour, with aromas of white flowers, crushed strawberries and ripe morello cherries on the nose. The palate is round and soft, with notes of lifted berries, minerality, hints of saltiness and a long finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 50% Grenache/Garnacha
20% Cinsault
20% Rolle
10% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Provence
Winemaker Marc Perrin
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.34g/l
Residual Sugar 0.5g/l
Wine pH 3.37