Dry rosé is one of my new favorite wines, now that I've experienced several products made in the historic region of Provence in southeast France. Actually, the biggest buzz this season is emanating from Provence, where the A-List couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are turning out their first rosé vintage after purchasing the Chateau Miraval for $60 million in 2012.
The couple, working with the Perrin family of the legendary Chateau de Beaucastel, have taken wine-making seriously and upgraded the Miraval estate and its vineyards. The result was a 2012 debut wine -- Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Cotes de Provence Rosé Miraval -- that won rave reviews. Wine Spectator gave it a 90-point rating and selected it as a Top 100 Wine of 2013.
The 2013 effort, as reviewed in Wine Spectator's June edition, received a very satisfying 89 points. The article says it is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle (Vermentino in Italy) and costs about $30.
I have not tried the Pitt-Jolie rosé but I will when it starts moving onto shelves at local stores. Manager Andrea DiFiore of Andover Classic Wines in the Shawsheen Plaza is expecting an allotment to arrive in the weeks ahead. Richard Rourke, of Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars in downtown Lowell, is also expecting a shipment.