After centuries, sleepy Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhone is waking up and changes are afoot at one the appellation's premier estates. First there was the Famille Perrin iPad app. Now, the family has a new joint winemaking project with actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
According to a story on the British wine magazine Decanter's site, the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel and the Central Coast property Tablas Creek, will be making the wine at the Hollywood stars’ Provence estate, Château Miraval, in Correns, France.
The article quotes Marc Perrin as saying, "They (the Jolie-Pitts) want to ensure they are making the best Provence wines they can. They were present at the blending sessions this year, and are relooking at everything from the installations in the winery -- where we have already switched to stainless steel tanks -- to reworking the labels across the range of wines."
Château Miraval is described as "one of the most beautiful historic domaines in France" on its old website. (The new one is still under construction.) The estate makes white, rosé and red under the Côtes de Provence appellation. The district of Correns, where the winery is situated, is "famous for being the first village in France where all farm produce is biologically produced ... Therefore, at Miraval no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides are used, only naturally occurring compounds such as sulfates and copper sulfate."