Wine Spectator Top 100 2013, Rank: 84
Made on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s 1,000-acre Estate in Southern France, with assistance from one of France's most highly-renowned winemakers, Marc Perrin (of Beaucastel, among others). Perrin fell in love with the vineyard: "This is a magical place that we traverse from one end to the other to discover exceptional plots. The valley, property of the chateau, offers an unmatched eco-system and gives the wines a unique style in terms of freshness and elegance."
"This one was very fresh, very fruity, very exuberant on the aroma side, but also round, supple and fresh and energetic so for my standard of tasting wine, it was a very good wine... It was also a good vineyard for years and maybe for more than one century so it was possible to do a good wine, to do a better wine than before because the owners before weren’t very focused on wine producing." 91 Points, Thierry Desseauve
"The classic traps of celebrity vintners don’t apply. They’re not celebrity vintners; Brad and Angelina are real vintners. They hired a real wine-maker, they waited until the wine was good, they released it properly—this is a legitimate wine." 'MasterChef' judge, restaurateur, and vineyard owner Joe Bastianich, Vanity Fair Magazine
Winemaker's Notes: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle. Beautiful light pale pink color. On the nose, fantastic bouquet with delicate aromas of white fruits, just-picked strawberries and floral notes. The mouth is complex with raspberry and wild strawberry notes, wild herbs, citrus, and wet-stone flavors. It has a refreshing acidity thanks to the altitude of the vineyards, and a round, long and vibrant finish.
Wine Spectator Review:
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. Drink now.