Cheers to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt!
There were quite a few raised eyebrows over the couple's foray into the wine business — celeb labels are a dime a dozen these days and often not very impressive — but the superstar pair is having the last laugh as their Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval has landed on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2013 list.
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Named the "best rosé in the world," the 2012 wine came in at 84 on the list overall, with the magazine describing it as, "Refined and elegant, offering pure and concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine, and melon. The focused finish features flint and spice notes, with a hint of cream."
That's quite impressive for the newbie winemakers — though our favorite review of the $28 wine remains the one done by "MasterChef's" Joe Bastianich, who said it smells like "strawberry or raspberry Pez" candy and described its shade as "Hello Kitty pink." (For the record, he still liked it.)
Jolie and Pitt announced they were collaborating with one of France's most respected vintners, Marc Perrin, on their rosé in February. When it went on sale the following month, the 6,000 bottles sold out in just five hours. A total of 150,000 bottles have since been produced.
It's a homegrown project for the pair, who became engaged in 2012. The wine was produced at Château Miraval in France — the 35-bedroom estate and vineyard, which sits on 1,200 acres, that they bought for a cool $60 million last year after leasing it since 2008. The lavish estate is located in Provence, which is a major wine-growing region.
And while it may seem like the couple has little time to be involved with perfecting their vino — in between making movies, caring for their six kids, traveling the globe to crusade for their various causes, and stuff like that — Perrin told French business magazine Challenges earlier this year that the pair is quite serious about it.
"They are very demanding in seeking excellence in the quality and character of their wine," he said.
Well, according to Wine Spectator, it has all been worth it.