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Brad Pitt launches pink champagne

Brad Pitt’s Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne has gone on sale in Australia with a Hollywood price tag.

Billed as the only Champagne house exclusively devoted to rosé, and with only 20,000 bottles produced for the first edition, Pitt’s collaboration with grower champagne house Pierre Peters has resulted in a premium release priced at $599.99.

Decanter describes as: “An extraordinary achievement, made by the famously difficult saignée method, yet with a wonderful onion skin colour and poised aromas of lemongrass, small red berried fruit and pink grapefruit.”

A blend of Chardonnay grapes of different ages makes up 75% of the final Fleur de Miraval blend. The remaining 25% is from young Pinot Noir grapes, which gives the wine its subtle, pink color. Its tangy notes of red currant and red raspberry energize the delicate minerality, salinity and iodized expression of the Chardonnay grapes. The wine is then aged on lees in the dark cellars in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for three years before being released.

In Champagne, there are two ways of producing rosé; either by adding a small proportion of red wine to the blend or by letting juice remain in contact with the skin of the grapes for a short time during fermentation. This latter method is called rosé de saignée, is the technique used for this Champagne. It is the same method used to produce the famous Miraval Provence rosé.   

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Château Miraval announced it was partnering with Champagne Pierre Péters in January.

Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne is priced at $599.99 and available from Shorty’s Liquor. Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé is sold in Australia at chains including Dan Murphy’s and BWS at around $29.95 a bottle.

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