Country: France Region: Provence
Vintage: 2015 Colour: Rose Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau 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.
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.
2015 left producers celebrating an outstanding vintage for the region’s rosé. It was a truly exceptional year! Although Provence, much like the rest of France’s winegrowing regions, experienced a hot, dry summer, this was preceded by a gentle, rainy winter in 2014 which allowed for good reserves of groundwater. This pattern has historically created optimum conditions for producing Provence wines. The harvest therefore benefited from ideal ripening conditions and produced beautiful rosé wines.
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.
Gorgeous pale pink in colour. Crisp and precise, the 2015 has a lovely mineral freshness with delicate aromas of citrus, red fruits and white flowers. On the palate, a delicate expression of site reveals a balanced and elegant volume, along with a very nice tension that contributes to its length. The bouquet of aromas is persistent, leading to a long lasting fruity finish with an undertone of salinity.