It always comes in a great package, and it’s a serious Provencal Rose and then some, but I’ve always been skeptical. I figured it was a marketing ploy. Brangelina’s Rose. But after tasting this year’s, I decided to dig a little bit deeper and see what was underneath the pretty label.
Miraval Rose is made by none other than superstar winemaker Marc Perrin, who has countless times turned the wine world on its head with his 100-point Chateauneuf du Papes at Chateau de Beaucastel. But for a few years now, his vibrant, high-toned Provencal Rose has outsold his beloved flagship wines.
I’m guessing it’s a result of being one of the first ever Roses featured on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. And when Wine Enthusiast reviewed over a thousand wines and declared it one of their Top 3 Provence Wines of the Year, that probably helped. I doubt Brad had much to do with it all.
The wine is drawn off a very special vineyard, tucked away in a private valley on an ancient terrace, planted between 750 and 1150 in elevation. I gotta be honest with you — not many folks in Provence have this kind of asset.
Adding fuel to the fire is the terroir- a chalky, pebbly top soil above precious limestone soil– perfect for a Rose that flashes the kind of minerality only the best French wines can boast.
The 2021 Miraval Provence Rose is a blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah. It’s got a beautiful salmon color, packed with juicy notes of macerated cherries, strawberry currants, citrus and a lemon zest and it flashes that refreshing minerality that has become a Provence signature.
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90 Points, Wine Spectator
“Pure and chiseled in feel, with racy-edged white cherry, rose petal, jicama and jasmine notes backed by a lingering wet stone accent on the finish. This has length and subtleties that set it apart from the pack. Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Tibouren. Drink now through 2023.”
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