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Expectations high for second 'Brangelina' rosé wine

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s second rosé wine, produced at Chateau Miraval with the Perrin family, has big shoes to fill following the strong success of Hollywood couple’s inaugural vintage last year.

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An initial 6,000 bottles of the so-called ‘Jolie-Pitt & Perrin’ rosé 2012 vintage sold out within hours following its release a little under a year ago.

This time around, the celebrity pair and the Perrins will begin by working off a waiting list. For those registered, the 2013 vintage goes on sale today (6 February). It will be on general release from tomorrow, priced at around €15-a-bottle.

The Perrin family, of Chateau Beaucastel, has been working with Jolie and Pitt on blending and strategy at Provence-based Miraval since 2012.

‘We have long been interested in making a wine in Provence,’ Francois Perrin told decanter.com, explaining that some of the oldest Mouvedre vines at his family estate of Beaucastel originally came from Domaine Tempier in Bandol.

‘We have great respect for how the grapes respond to the Provence climate, particularly at the 350m altitude of Chateau Miraval – the most northerly terroir of Provence.’

Decanter's correspondent, Jane Anson, described the second vintage of Miraval rosé as confident from the off. 'There is no need to hawk for customers with an overly seductive blush; this is all about pale, barely-there pink,' she said.

'There is a lovely floral nose, soft fragrant roses, and from the first taste there is a delicate structure that deepens on the palate.

'But, as the French would say ‘il y a du vin’ – meaning that there is a sense of power alongside the elegance, a structure and a fresh acidity that gives the wine persistency, with a grip of minerality that gives a delicious mouthwatering finish.

'This marks a serious improvement on last year.' She gave it 17.5 points (91 points in US).

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