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Chateau Miraval Rose 2018

Chateau Miraval Rose 2018

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"Bottled just a few weeks before my visit, Miraval's 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose was in fine form. A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 10% Rolle, it boasts floral and melon aromas, while on the palate, it's medium-bodied, plump and fleshy, with a zesty, tangerine-tinged finish. Drink: 2019. 90 points

After initialing and signing a six-page nondisclosure agreement under the eye of a security guard who may or may not have been ex-special forces (I can neither confirm nor deny that), I'm not sure exactly what I can tell you about this wonderful property. Since my last visit, close to ten years ago (pre Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), the vineyards have been completely renovated, with some sections uprooted and replanted, new parcels developed or under development, and the winery interior has been drastically redone. Marc Perrin made the drive over from his office at Château de Beaucastel to show me around and taste through the wines. When fully developed, he said, there will be approximately 80 to 90 hectares of vines on the property's 800 hectares, leaving a lot of native forest as a buffer. That forest means a healthy population of wild boars, which need to be controlled through hunting and electric fences. Perrin's excitement as we toured the property was palpable. "It's a little bit like when we started Tablas Creek," he said. "A new experience." Although the rosé market has been growing rapidly in the past few years, he said he thinks it's just the beginning, as it has yet to catch on in Asia. There are three different rosés: Studio, from purchased grapes grown closer to the sea; the main rosé, from a mix of estate grapes and purchased fruit from neighbors; and Muse, a new, limited-production wine only from estate fruit. There's a bit of estate-grown white wine as well and an impressive Syrah grown on steep terraces. Perrin says there are no plans to commercialize the red at this time, so you'll just have to work your Hollywood connections to wangle an invitation from the celebrity owners."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (242)