Oh, Brad and Angelina, is there nothing you two can’t pull off?
The magazine ranked their Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval ($28) number 84 on their top 100 wines of 2013 list, giving it a better-than-respectable score of 90 out of 100 points—a number reserved for “wines of superior character and style,” according to their point scale. Managing editor Kim Marcus wrote that it was “Refined and elegant, offering pure and concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon.”
When the first 6,000 bottles of rosé were released last spring, they sold out in only 5 hours. And earlier this month, Wine Spectator reported that a single autographed barrel (about 300 bottles) fetched more than $13,000 (about double its market value) at a charity auction in Provence.
How did the Jolie-Pitts get into the wine game? A few years ago they started leasing the 17th-century wine estate Château Miraval in Provence as a vacation home, and last year they bought it for a reported $60 million. Then they teamed up with Famille Perrin, a well-known organic winemaker based nearby, to harvest, produce, and distribute the vino. (You can read about Miraval’s three debut wines—a red and a white are also in the works—and gawk at photos of the terraced grapevines on the vineyard’s web site.)
Apparently the Hollywood power couple has taken an active role in the production process and is also upgrading the facilities at the 1,200-acre property. “They 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,” Winemaker Marc Perrin told the British wine web site Decanter in February.
If you happen to be lucky enough to score a glass of this sought-after wine at a party, you can drop this fun fact to your fellow guests: The rosé that the Jolie-Pitts inherited from the last Miraval winemaker was once called Pink Floyd, because the iconic British band recorded part of The Wall at the estate in 1979.