As if Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie aren’t busy enough being global superstars, humanitarians, and parents to a very large and often nomadic family, they have recently also become winemakers. It’s no surprise that when the wine was first introduced it almost immediately sold out, but it is possible now to find it in the DC area. It’s called Château Miraval Côtes de Provence rosé, 2012 vintage, named after their home and 150-acre vineyard in France, Château Miraval. Pitt is a famous fan of rosé wines.
The wholesaler for the DC region is Bacchus Importers of Baltimore. We checked in with Todd Schneider, director of sales, who said the 200 cases they were allotted went out the door as fast as they came in. He has only “a few” still in stock. “You knew [sales] were going to be good,” he said, “but I didn’t quite anticipate the feeding frenzy that happened with a rosé at that price point. I was pleasantly surprised.”
One of the local retailers who received a shipment, and still has some cases, is Calvert Woodley Wines and Spirits on Connecticut Avenue. They charge $23.99 for a bottle and $264 for a case. “There were a lot of advance orders,” says the store’s wine manager, Tom McKnew. He feels Pitt and Jolie are following good practices in how they are producing the wine. “They’ve got a good winemaking team behind them, the Perrin family, who make Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Considering it’s about half the price of the highest-end rosé, it’s a good value.”
But how does it taste? McKnew said it is “typical” to the Provence region. “I think it’s a lovely rosé. I didn’t notice as much minerality as I’ve had with other Provence rosés, but it’s soft and round and still pretty good.”
Schneider is also enthusiastic. “It’s great,” he said. “Of course, I love rosés. It’s a wonderful bottle of wine.” Wine Spectator gives it a rating of 90 points, which is considerable.
The restaurants that received cases of the wine, according to Schneider, are Rasika and Rasika West End, Charlie Palmer Steak, Bistro Bis, Marcel’s, Oyamel, Restaurant Nora, and the Four Seasons Hotel—where, it’s worth noting, Brad and Angie stay when in DC. In addition to Calvert Woodley, local retailers who have Miraval in stock, he says, include MacArthur Beverages, Pearsons Wine & Spirits, Bell’s, Whole Foods Market in Georgetown and Tenley, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s, Cork & Fork in Bethesda, and the Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits.
At the very least, if you like it, maybe drink a toast to Brad and Angie—because, you know, living in France and making a lot of money as movie stars, they need the positive reinforcement.