Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are to release their first wine together: Miraval, an organic rosé made on the couple’s 1,000-acre estate in Provence. The wine is named after Chateau Miraval, Pitt and Jolie’s mansion in Correns. It was previously known as Pink Floyd, since the group recorded part of its 1979 album The Wall on the estate.
The wine, described as “intensely floral”, comes in a bottle co-designed by Pitt and Jolie and will bear a label reading “Bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin” – Perrin being Marc Perrin, a respected local wine producer with whom Jolie and Pitt will share profits.
“We are intimately involved and quite enthused over the wine project with our friends the Perrin family,” Pitt said. Pitt and Jolie are said to have attended the wine’s “blending sessions” personally.
It’s not known how much Miraval will sell for, although Pink Floyd used to retail for around £14 a bottle and was described as carrying strong red berry and mineral flavours.
Pitt and Jolie are by no means the first celebs to try their hands as viticulturists. Here’s the top five superstar wines we’d like to try…
1. AC/DC The Australian hard-rockers have sold tens of thousands of cases of their subtly named wines, made in New South Wales. Varieties include Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato. Tasting notes: Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc has “oodles of vibrant, grassy tropical fruit”. Price: £10
2. Cliff Richard The immortal singer knocks out the Vida Nova range of wines from his Algarve bolthole Quinta do Moinho. They’re extremely popular with his fans, possibly because they come with the promise that Cliff often treads the grapes himself, but they’ve also won awards from critics. Tasting notes: “Pretty harsh… I wouldn’t buy it,” said, er, Cliff himself of his own 2004 red, in a blind tasting on Channel 4’s The F Word in 2006. Price: £10
3. Gérard Depardieu The truck-like French icon describes himself as an actor-winemaker and was known, a decade or so ago, to be able to sink five or six bottles a day himself. Now he restricts himself to branding 13 different wines made on his Château de Tigné estate in the Loire valley. Tasting notes: “Forward, powerful and modern with intense oak.” Price: £170 for a 1.5l magnum of the 1996 Château de Tigné Cyrano.
4. Francis Ford Coppola The director of the Godfather films used to spend so much time and money on massive dinners for his cast and crew that in the end he decided to start making the wine himself in California. “Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms that are very important in the development of California,” he once said. “The winemaker takes these raw materials and ferments and blends. He says yes to one batch, no to another. The director does the same thing: a series of yeses and nos, from casting and costuming to edits and sound mixes. In both cases you have to start with top notch raw materials—whether it’s the land or a script.” Tasting notes: The Director’s Cut Zinfandel has “voluptuous, concentrated flavors of fruit jam, chocolate and vanilla”. Price: £17
5. Motörhead Not to be outdone by AC/DC, Lemmy and co went into the wine business in 2011, and now produce two solid, plonky vintages: a rosé and a Shiraz. By all accounts they’re not that bad and haven’t had anything unspeakable added to them. Tasting notes: “My advice is: approach it with caution. I mean, wine is deceptive, anything can happen” – Lemmy. Price: £12