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Hollywood luminaries Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have split the spotlight with Southern Rh么ne producer Famille Perrin to make wine at the A-list couple鈥檚 estate in Provence.

The Perrin family鈥攐wners of Ch芒teau de Beaucastel in Ch芒teauneuf-du-Pape鈥攂egan producing the wines for Jolie-Pitt鈥檚 Ch芒teau Miraval using fruit from the 2012 harvest. Along with viticulture and winemaking duties, the Perrins are also responsible for distribution.

The Perrin-made ros茅, Miraval, is slated to hit the market in March 2013, with a white wine expected to be released in the summer and a red wine likely to be available sometime next year.

The 17th-century Ch芒teau Miraval is no newcomer to the wine scene. When the Jolie-Pitts signed a three-year lease for the estate in 2008, the estate鈥檚 then winemaker continued to craft its AOC C么te de Provence wines.聽 The couple has since purchased the $60-million property.

Prior to the Jolie-Pitt-Perrin venture, the chateau鈥檚 portfolio consisted of a red blend made from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, a white wine based on the Rolle variety and a ros茅 made from Cinsault and Grenache, which was named Pink Floyd鈥攁 nod to the fact that the band recorded The Wall聽at in the property鈥檚 studio in the 鈥70s.

The approximately 1,200-acre estate is home to roughly 150 acres of organically farmed vines, which are planted on clay- and chalk-based soils about 1,100 feet above sea level. The property is situated at the foot of the Via Aurelia, a route built in the 3rd century B.C. as a means to expedite Roman expansion.

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Published on February 14, 2013
Topics: Wine News