These days, rising into Hollywood royalty simply isn’t enough. Once securing their status as a star, actors now venture off into side projects to showcase their depth — developing perfumes for teens, designing neon-hued sneakers, or writing a groundbreaking children’s book, perhaps. Hollywood king and queen Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are no exception, and recently released the first edition in their new career as winemakers.
Pitt and Jolie’s sprawling French estate was previously and now again is a vineyard, and the couple partners with well-known vintners Famille Perrin to develop their own line of wine. During the first week of March the first release from Miraval, a Provençal rosé, debuted, being sold online by the case for the quite affordable cost of $130. Five hours later, they were all gone.
Brangelina apparently had a decent hand in the creation of the wine, and helped develop the line’s new iconic bottle shape. Reviews of the rosé are good, too, calling it light, fruity, and supple. Trying it for yourself might prove difficult, though, if you weren’t one of the anxious buyers who immediately snagged a case or two. While a few bars and distributors have it available, mostly in the New York City area, most buyers were media or private consumers. We did find two online shops with a few bottles left: Zachys and Jericho Wine.
With the knowledge that the wine is good and not just a famous name slapped on a subpar product, you can plan ahead for Jolie and Pitt’s next release. The Miraval line is scheduled to release a white blend in August and two higher end cuvees (a red and a white) in September. No further details have been released, but interested parties can enter their email address on the Miraval website to be alerted sooner to sale. We just signed up… and also renewed our subscriptions to People and Us magazines, just in case.
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“Miraval isn’t a ‘celebrity’ wine,” the celebrity said of his new rosé champagne.
The past few years have brought quite a few changes for Brad Pitt. He’s no longer “boozing too much,” for example, nor is he smoking weed. And as you may have heard, he’s no longer in a relationship with Angelina Jolie. But to this day, one thing remains constant: Pitt’s devotion to Miraval, the French vineyard he and Jolie have kept up and running for eight years. The fact that it’s also where they got married apparently hasn’t deterred Pitt this past weekend, he even brought Nicole Poturalski, the reportedly married model whom he’s reportedly dating, there with him.
In fact, Pitt has made plenty of visits to the château—which is also home to a moat, a chapel, and a recording studio—over the past five years. The actor has been hard at work filling a hole in the wine market, which is to say creating “the defining brand of rosé champagne.” Fleur de Miraval hits U.S. markets on October 15, though it’ll cost you to taste the fruits of Pitt’s labor. The 20,000 limited edition bottles retail for €330, or approximately $390. (Cheaper Miraval offerings are hard to come by: it only took five hours for another of Pitt and Jolie’s rosés to sell out in 2013.)
Because he takes this sommelier thing seriously, Pitt had Miraval use the “saignée” method, which involves “bleeding” off a portion of the grape juice. (According to Wine Folly, saigné rosés are “bigger, darker, and stronger than other wimpy pink wines.”) The rosé also spent three years in a Champagne region wine cave. And the result, Pitt is pleased to report, is “spectacular. I’m very proud of it.” As for what it actually tastes like, the wine apparently contains “notes of fresh raspberry and currants and a slight associated salinity.”
“For me, champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige, and luxury,” Pitt told People. His words echo those of fellow rosé entrepreneur Post Malone, who recently launched his own wine—or, as he calls it, “juice”—with the slogan “rosé is for when you want to get a little fancy.” Combining the wines only seems natural. And yet, Pitt lamented, “rosé champagne is still relatively unknown.”
Pitt was quick to clarify that he’s not yet another of the wine world’s Post Malones. “Miraval isn’t a ‘celebrity’ wine for me,” the celebrity continued. “Above all, it’s a wonderful, exceptional estate that I fell in love with, and that I continue to invest in to make it one of the finest estates in Provence.” He and the Perrins, who have been winemakers for five generations, are “in it for the long term. It’s not just a passing trend.” If only the same could be said of his film career.
Brad Pitt Is Set to Release a $390 Bottle of Rosé Champagne
Hollywood projects may be on hold for now, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's joint wine venture is still in full swing.
In an interview with People, Pitt teased the launch of the latest bottled release from his and Jolie's wine brand, Miraval. A rosé champagne called Fleur de Miraval, the former spouses' newest variety will hit the market on October 15.
"Champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige, and luxury. But rosé Champagne is still relatively unknown," Pitt told the outlet. "Backed by our success with Miraval in Provence, I wanted us to try to create the defining brand of rosé Champagne, focusing all our efforts on just this one color."
The new bubbly was created using the traditional saignee method and was produced within the northeastern Champagne department of France in order to be classified as an authentic champagne. Packaged in a sleek, slender black bottle with light pink detailing, the champagne will retail at a cool $390.
"The result is spectacular and I'm very proud of it," Pitt said. "Miraval isn't a 'celebrity' wine for me. Above all, it's a wonderful, exceptional estate that I fell in love with, and that I continue to invest in to make it one of the finest estates in Provence. For the wine, I partnered with the Perrin family. They have been winemakers for five generations. Together, we're in it for the long term. It's not just a passing trend."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Announce Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne
Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie are releasing a new rosé Champagne via their popular rosé brand Miraval, which they own with the French Perrin family.
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (75 and 25 percent, respectively), Fleur de Miraval will launch on October 15, according to a press release. The Jolie-Pitt and Perrin families partnered with the Péters family — a family rooted in six generations of Champagne making — to introduce the exclusive sparkling wine.
“Fleur de Miraval Rosé is the culmination of five years of work, research, and tasting done in the utmost secrecy,” Rodolphe Péters, head of Pierre Péters Champagne said in the press release.
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“For me, Champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige, and luxury,” Pitt told People Magazine. “But rosé Champagne is still relatively unknown. Backed by our success with Miraval in Provence, I wanted us to try to create the defining brand of rosé Champagne, focusing all our efforts on just this one color.”
Jolie and Pitt purchased the 1,200-acre Miraval estate in 2012. The couple married there in 2014, but when they announced their separation two years later rumors began regarding the sale of the estate. In 2017, the couple denied the speculation calling the estate “an investment for the family and the children.”
In less than a decade, Miraval has grown to become one of the world’s most popular rosé brands. With just 20,000 bottles of the new Champagne produced for the first edition, and a reported SRP of $390, Fleur de Miraval promises to be a more niche release.
Escaping The Kids
Find time for intimacy can be a tough task for any couple, especially with children. Now imagine the scenario of having six children. and oh yeah, you're among the two biggest A-listers in Hollywood. Time must not be on your side, so heck, we credit Ellen for the question. Of course, Pitt had a witty response, stating that the couple made time, even if that meant sneaking away and getting a hotel, “We find our time. We carve out mommy, daddy time… It’s called a hotel. You got to get out of this house. You got to leave,” Brad Pitt said.
Ultimately, as we know by now, things weren't very smooth behind the scenes and the two struggled in their own ways. It would eventually lead to a split that rocked Hollywood and both sides have been very hush ever since. In terms of Jolie and Pitt's love lives, both have decided to keep things as quiet as possible, despite the constant rumors swirling around, especially when it comes to Brad.
Leaving Brad Pitt Was a "Heartbreaking" Decision for Angelina Jolie
The world was shocked last week when news broke that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were divorcing, but according to People, sources close to the couple say the split has been a long time coming. Jolie and Pitt had been together for 12 years and married for two when Jolie filed for divorce.
"Things built and built over time&ndashit wasn't any one thing," a source close to Jolie told People. "She's loved this man for several years, and [divorce] is not something you do impulsively."
Sources on Pitt's side agree that the couple have been struggling for a while.
"There was clearly a breaking point, where she'd just had enough," the Pitt source told People. "He may have been broken himself and said he couldn't go on, and she reacted. This has been difficult for a while."
The final straw seems to have been an incident on a plane, in which Pitt was allegedly verbally abusive and physical with one of the couple's six children (15-year-old Maddox, according to multiple reports). People confirmed last week that Pitt was under investigation for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services.
According to Vanity Fair, both actors have issued statements requesting privacy for their family during this difficult time.
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Perrin family in winemaking project with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
After centuries, sleepy Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhone is waking up and changes are afoot at one the appellation’s premier estates. First there was the Famille Perrin iPad app. Now, the family has a new joint winemaking project with actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
According to a story on the British wine magazine Decanter‘s site, the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel and the Central Coast property Tablas Creek, will be making the wine at the Hollywood stars’ Provence estate, Château Miraval, in Correns, France.
The article quotes Marc Perrin as saying, “They (the Jolie-Pitts) want to ensure they are making the best Provence wines they can. They were present at the blending sessions this year, and are relooking at everything from the installations in the winery -- where we have already switched to stainless steel tanks -- to reworking the labels across the range of wines.”
Château Miraval is described as “one of the most beautiful historic domaines in France” on its old website. (The new one is still under construction.) The estate makes white, rosé and red under the Côtes de Provence appellation. The district of Correns, where the winery is situated, is “famous for being the first village in France where all farm produce is biologically produced . Therefore, at Miraval no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides are used, only naturally occurring compounds such as sulfates and copper sulfate.”
Ready for its Close-Up
It’s little wonder that Provence has attracted entertainment stars to enjoy its lifestyle and beautiful landscapes. It’s created a new category—the celebrity rosé. Names include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of Château Miraval Star Wars Director George Lucas at Château Margüi rapper Post Malone with Maison No 9 and Sarah Jessica Parker with Invivo X.
These celebrity-name bottlings have been followed by those of heavy hitters within the industry. The biggest of all is Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), owner of Champagne houses, Cognac producers and Bordeaux chateaus. Last year, it took control of the most famous name in Provence rosé, Château d’Esclans, which produces Whispering Angel and the $100-a-bottle Garrus.
Americans have fallen in love with Provence and its rosés. The U.S. is the top foreign market for Provence, with a whopping 46% of exports by volume in 2019. Gone are the days when rosé (called blush) was mainly sweet.
Rémy Devictor, owner of Domaine de la Sanglière in Bormes les Mimosas, describes rosé as “having the joie de vivre, the enjoyment of life, that we have in Provence. People are looking for joy, lightness, freedom, and that’s what we supply. And, besides, it is beautiful to drink.”
If all this seems a far cry from the jug of rosé in a Provençal café or bar, consider that Saint-Tropez and Cannes are also in Provence. Luxury has been a part of the mix there for at least two centuries.
As much as the color, bottle and taste, that sense of luxury is part of the allure of Provence rosé. It brings that whiff of lifestyle as well as fruity aromas. No longer a one-size-fits-all shade of pale, it allows wine lovers of all stripes to sip with the famous from the comfort of home.
Any time we yearn for escape, a bottle of Provence rosé should be at hand.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'Reaffirm' Their 'Shared Commitment' to French Estate with New Wine
The former couple views the property as "an investment for their children," a source tells PEOPLE.
The latest news from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s French vineyard definitely sounds promising.
Despite their split, Pitt and Jolie remain committed to their winemaking and are even expanding their production line, with a new bottling commemorating their estate’s significant contribution to pop music.
Beginning March 5, you’ll be able to sample a second rosé from the former couple’s Miraval estate. The new release will be called Studio by Miraval, a nod to the property’s formidable heritage as a recording site, and is a nearly clear blend of estate-grown Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault and Tibouren grapes.
The launch of the new wine “reaffirms the couple’s attachment to Miraval,” a source tells PEOPLE, adding Pitt was deeply involved in its creation and participated during last September’s harvest. 𠇊 new wine shows their shared, continuing commitment to the estate. And the name ‘Studio’ is their way of recognizing the property’s musical roots.”
Pitt and Jolie found the property in 2008 (they finalized purchase in 2012) and while their 2016 separation fueled speculation they would put their 1200-acre French estate up for sale, sources have consistently told PEOPLE they remain committed to the property, viewing it 𠇊n investment for their children.”
In the six years since the couple launched their first award-winning Miraval rosé, they have introduced several other excellent vintages and last March, a small bottling of olive oil. As part of their investment in renewing the property, they have considerably upgraded the estate, improved storage and completed an on-site bottling facility.
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Miraval possesses a grape-growing history stretching back to Roman times when it was a foothold on the Via Aurelia. Brad and Angelina’s presence has been largely responsible for focusing worldwide interest to the Var region’s wines, arguably attracting new neighbor George Lucas.
With Studio, they are throwing a spotlight on the estate’s musical history.
In 1970, French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier, finding the estate in disrepair, purchased it and installed one of Europe’s most modern recording facilities on site. Opened in 1977 for commercial recording, Studio Miraval offered cottage accommodations and privacy that attracted top French and international acts.
When Pink Floyd recorded vocals there for The Wall, Miraval later acknowledged the group with a very highly-prized “Pink Floyd” rosé. Sting and AC/DC have also enjoyed the seclusion, contributing to the the chateau’s reputation.
Sade’s jazz-infused “Sweetest Taboo” at Miraval in 1985 and the original album version of WHAM!’s popular reless Whisper” were also recorded there. Others including Muse, The Cure, Judas Priest, Elton John, The Cranberries, Traffic, Courtney Love, UB40 and Yes have also played amid its fields.
New Miraval White Wine, From Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie’s Estate, Exclusively At Co-op
You may have heard of Miraval as the winery famously bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But, of course, Hollywood’s former golden couple can’t take credit for the winemaking there. Non non non, that goes to the Perrin family, who have been making quality wines in the Rhône Valley for many a year.
Miraval wine hails from a bit farther south than the Rhône, in Provence, a region known worldwide for its rosé. And, indeed, the “Studio by Miraval Rosé” is the one you’ll have seen on British shelves — easily recognisable for its distinctively curvy bottle and label that resembles a Chanel perfume.
But, in Hollywood, every success story needs a sequel, so now there’s Studio Blanc by Miraval (does anyone else get the Studio Line advert music in their head when they read this name?). You guessed it… it’s a white wine. But what you probably wouldn’t have guessed (unless you read the headline of this post properly) is that it’s exclusively available at the Co-op. For now, at least.
By the way, Studio by Miraval takes its name from a recording studio on the estate, where Pink Floyd, AC/DC and The Cure have all recorded. But is this wine a hit?
So What’s The Wine Like?
Studio Blanc is made from Vermentino grapes (known as Rolle grapes in Provence). This is not the best-known varietal in the UK, but Vermentino tends to produce light, fruity and aromatic wines.
The dominant flavour in Miraval Studio Blanc is pear, accompanied by soft floral notes and tangy lime. Although it is a dry wine, there’s a little lick of buttery sweetness in there too, possibly due to malolactic fermentation. It reminded me somewhat of a pear tart. And you can’t get much more French than that.
Sure, the location and owners of the winery make for a good talking point, but this is a chic and crowd-pleasing wine that’s very easy to enjoy.
Studio Blanc by Miraval 2019 (12.5% ABV) is available at Co-op for £12