The first wine to be produced by celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will go on sale today.
Six thousand bottles of the 2012 Miraval Rosé will be offered to buyers in cases of six, priced at 105 euros ($136.30), from 0900 Thursday French time (0300 EST/midnight Wednesday PST), according to French newspaper Le Figaro.
The fact that the first release is being sold in cases means that 1,000 customers at most will be able to purchase the organic wine.
Following the online launch on the estate's website, Le Figaro says fine-wine merchants and restaurants will begin selling the wine within two weeks, with 100,000 bottles being released. The price per bottle from merchants in France is expected to be around 15 to 16 euros ($19.40 to $20.70). Three merchants already have advance listings on Wine-Searcher, with U.S. retailer Sokolin reporting that the wine will be "available soon," priced at $22.99 per bottle or $275.88 per 12-bottle case (excl. tax).
Leading French wine critic Thierry Desseauve has already tasted the wine, which is a blend of cinsaut and grenache. He describes it as "energetic, dynamic, with long length and freshness." Desseauve adds that the rosé has "expressive and totally natural fruit."
Sokolin says the wine has a "beautiful light 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, wet-stones flavors. It has a refreshing acidity ... and a round, long and vibrant finish."
The Miraval Rosé is not the first wine to be produced at Château Miraval, but Pitt and Jolie have joined forces with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel to launch their own label. The Miraval bottle announces that the wine is "mis en bouteille par Jolie-Pitt & Perrin."
Perrin said: "They want to be proud of the wine that is made on their property."
The celebrity couple bought the Var estate in Provence 2008 and use it as a summer retreat. A white and a red wine are also expected to be released under the Miraval Pitt/Jolie label at a later date.