Making its way to the Wine Adventure tasting table during our recent days of warm Northern California weather is the 2015 Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé. This is an affordable (about $20) French blush from the Côtes de Provence AOC (Appellation de’Origin Contrôlée) along France’s southeastern coast (see map below, hat tip Wine Folly). Rosé makes up about 89% of all wines produced in the Côtes de Provence. The area was first planted with vineyards around 600 B.C. by Greek settlers when they established the city of Marseille, followed by significant expansion of wine production by the Romans when they ruled the south of France and named the region provincia nostra (“our provence”).
While most American blush wines are produced primarily from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, wines from the Côtes de Provence are made from grapes that do well in the steady climate, sandy hills and constant sea breezes near the Mediterranean. Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle are the primary ingredients of Miraval Rosé. They provide a soft pink color and refreshing layers of flowers and fresh fruits. Acidity is well-balanced with the fruit and soft tannins producing a hint of pepper and grapefruit. Wine Enthusiast score: 91. My score: Really good.
The 2015 vintage was produced by Miraval owners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in partnership with the Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It was recently announced that Pitt and Jolie will be retaining ownership of Miraval despite dissolution of other relationships. The winery does not host visitors.
I recommend 2015 Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé as a great addition to your summer wine list.