Amid the often conflicting rumors that are swirling in Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s divorce drama comes a new report alleging that the couple once known as Brangelina is selling Chateau Miraval, the site of their wedding in 2014. What would that mean, both for Brad and Angelina and for the famous wine produced at the vineyard there?
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) October 22, 2016
The Daily Mail pointed out that the country estate provided a place to hold Pitt and Jolie’s wedding in 2014, while also offering a respite from the paparazzi for the family. As for the vineyard and winery, the rosé is “highly regarded,” noted the Daily Mail.
Brad and Angelina have now put the home up for sale, reported Us Weekly on October 21, which referenced “multiple sources” in its report.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) October 22, 2016
What does Us‘ story that Angelina and Brad are bidding “au revoir” to the South of France estate and vineyard imply?
The estate and vineyard are located in the village of Correns, France, and the sale allegedly means changes for Jolie and Pitt’s line of rosé created at those vineyards, revealed one of Us‘ insiders.
“The home has been valued and is going on the market any day now,” revealed that source, clarifying the changes to be made to Brad’s and Angelina’s wine.
“It currently says ‘Jolie-Pitt’ on the Chateau Miraval bottles, and the next season’s batch will have a new reprinted label with no names written on it.”
In addition, Brad and Angelina are “planning to sell all of their joint property in the wake of their breakup,” according to Us Weekly. The French estate is currently receiving the spotlight.
In 2012, Pitt, 52, and Jolie, 41, purchased Chateau Miraval, paying what Us reports is an estimated $60 million. With the romantic history including their decision to tie the knot at the estate on August 23, 2014, the property features 1,200 acres, 35 rooms, pine forests, olive groves, terraced hillsides, working vineyards and a private lake. And for those longing for something more, there’s a moat as well.
The only thing I want to know about the Brangelina split is: Who gets custody of Château Miraval https://t.co/GHrSdBUn50
— Mike Elgan (@MikeElgan) September 30, 2016
Vanity Fair noted that Pitt’s and Jolie’s wine has “flourished” from the beginning, with the debut of 6,00 bottles of rosé reportedly selling out in just five hours of its online introduction in France in March 2013. That year also saw Miraval Rosé honored as the “best rosé in the world” by Wine Spectator.
It isn’t just the rosé that has been a hit, however, because Miraval produces one red wine and two white wines as well. While the Perrin family of Château Beaucastel has functioned as Mirval’s wine-making partners, Vanity Fair notes that Marc Perrin declined to offer a comment about the future of the vineyard to The Hollywood Reporter, which revealed that Vineyard Brands (importer of Miraval into the United States) estimated that “between 80,000 and 90,000 cases were imported in 2016.”
Rumors locally from this past August that Brad and Angelina’s estate was up for sale were never confirmed, according to Decanter on September 20.
Miraval rosé has received praise from Decanter, with contributing editor Jane Anson offering kudos to Miraval 2013’s “lovely floral nose” and “delicate structure” and a tasting panel scoring it 91 points out of 100. Brad and Angelina took “an active interest in producing the wine,” according to Decanter.
Did you know Minnesota's favorite Provencal rosé from Château Miraval is not at all shaken in the wake of the… https://t.co/ryGleDcfO9
— The Wine Company (@WineCoMN) October 5, 2016
Pitt’s and Jolie’s wine-making partner at the Provence chateau previously commented on the estate and its wine, according to Decanter on September 28.
Marc Perrin, part of the Perrin family of Château Beaucastel and known for having partnered with Pitt and Jolie, told the media outlet about the latest plans.
“The 2016 vintage [of Miraval rosé] will be released as planned and it looks great already.”
Chateau Miraval is located in the northern reaches of Provence, viewed as a “fully organic property in its own 700 hectare valley that produces around 500,000 bottles of wine per year,” according to Decanter, which notes that the number has “more than doubled” since the debut vintage.
The commercial success of the wine is credited to both Brad’s and Angelina’s celebrity appeal and their partnership with the Perrin family of Château Beaucastel in the Rhône Valley.
Long before the celebrity connection to Pitt and Jolie, the 1970s saw the estate used as a home for jazz pianist and composer Jacques Loussier, who created a recording studio there. Among those who have recorded music there are Pink Floyd, Sting, Sade and the Cranberries.
Moreover, the recording studio underwent a recent restoration, providing for Pitt and Jolie to handle production and post-production for film work, according to Decanter.
In 2014, People magazine described the estate where Brad and Angelina tied the knot as providing “a setting that is truly fit for a king and queen.” Noting that Pitt and Jolie have regarded it as home since 2008, the media outlet revealed that some of the historic structures go back to the 17th century.
Located along a historic Roman road, the estate even has a Romanesque chapel, which is where Brad and Angelina wed. As for the wine history, it was American winemaker Tom Bove who initially boosted it into one of France’s leading organic wine producers, with Pitt and Jolie subsequently bringing out Miraval wines on Valentine’s Day 2013, and adding to its legend of success. They collaborated with the Perrin family.
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