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Classically elegant, complex Provence white from the Rolle grape.
Grape Varieties: Rolle
Style: Rich, complex
Drink By: 2015
Ecocert SAS (certified organic)
This wine is very elegant and light, bright yellow in colour with a few green hues. The nose is very rich and powerful with well matured yellow fruits (apricots) and subtle white peach aromas. It is very light with an oaky taste which brings an extraordinary complexity to the fruit. On the palate, it has a round mouthfeel yet very well balanced with a hint of vanilla and grilled almonds, and a very long lasting taste.
Château Miraval property is owned by none other than the glamourous Hollywood duo, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The winery itself remains independent to this day, although that doesn't stop Brad and Angelina enjoying the fruits of their labour.
Dating from pre-Roman times, Miraval is approached down a long winding lane through woods and vineyards with dramatic glimpses of the distant "Gros Bésillon" mountain through the trees. The magnificent cascading stone-walled terraces are now replanted with thirteen different varieties of olives. Water seems to be flowing everywhere; from fountains; along aquaducts; through hidden tunnels; into the moat and filling the lake.
The main wine cellar at Miraval was built in the latter part of the 19th century by M. Joseph Lambot, the inventor of reinforced concrete, and subjected to a complete refurbishment in 1993/1994.
The whole vinification process is organised to reduce to a minimum any oxidation of the grapes prior to entering the fermentation tanks or barrels. Teams of local pickers pick the grapes into small containers to avoid any bruising or crushing. The grapes are then transferred to the cellar entrance and are placed on a 4m long sorting table where any rotten or green grapes and any leaves or other debris are removed by hand. After destemming and gentle pressing in the pneumatic press the grape juice is fed by gravity feed into the thick walled concrete tanks which have been lined with epoxy resin. These tanks retain the sanitation of traditional stainless steel while delivering a more steady temperature.In 1995 the Barrique Cellar was created in the vaulted stone cellars of the original farmhouse (dating from around 1300) to age Miraval wine in small oak barrels.
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