The temperatures are slowly but steadily rising and the sunny weather calls for fine rosé wines. Some of the most elegant ones come from Southern France, in particular Provence. One of the most in-demand wines of the season is the ’15 Miraval Rosé. Time to find out what this vintage is all about.
I admit, Miraval and I did not meet on the best of terms, back when its first vintage was released. The 2012 vintage left me largely disappointed. Now, 3 years later, I am ready to give Miraval a second chance. 2015 was a particular good harvest in Provence with ideal climatic conditions.
For those who are not familiar with Miraval Rosé, here is a little bit of background information. The wine is produced by the renowned winemaker Marc Perrin in cooperation with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pit. The Hollywood couple purchased the 500 hectare-large Château Miraval estate , which is located in the village of Correns, Provence, to venture into the world of winemaking. Of course, this created a hype for the wine which only became larger when Wine Spectator selected Miraval Rosé as one of the world’s 100 most important wines. This has, at least here in Germany, hyped the château’s wines even more.
The winery is a certified organic, however, their wines are no longer. Why? Since 2013, Miraval has been purchases additional grapes from non-organic producers. These are then blends with their own grapes to produce a greater quantity of wine. The winery’s line-up includes next to the rosé also two whites and one red wine.
Tasting notes. 2015 Château Miraval Rosé
Without further due, here are my tasting notes for the Mirval Rosé Côtes de Provence AOC, a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and small amounts of Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino). 95% of the wine is vinified in stainless steel; 5% in oak barrels. 13% ABV.
Beautiful peach color with salmon reflections in the glass.
Thick, fruit-driven nose with aromas of raspberries, peaches, grapefruit, strawberries, and violas. Amazing intensity and harmony.
In the mouth, this medium-full-bodied Provençal rosé is highly elegant and with flavors of ripe cherries. The wine has a mineral freshness and a slightly salty touch. It is complex, round and harmonious. Lingering aftertaste.
Miraval Rosé retails in Germany in the €15-20 price range. It is exported world-wide. Find it on Wine Searcher.
Giving the Miraval Rosé a another chance was the right decision for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this Provençal rosé and am looking forward to drinking it again in the near future.
What is your opinion about the wines from Château Miraval, especially its rosé? Do you think the hype is justified? Let me know in the comment section below. Cheers!