Château Miraval is located in the Provence village of Correns, the first 100% organic village in France. All of the crops, including grapes, are grown organically in this wild and picturesque town. Tucked away in its own private valley, the château is surrounded by ancient woodlands and olive groves. Following ancient Celtic and Roman occupation, the property served as a host to monastic practice and as a home to members of the French court in the 14th century. Since 2012, the Perrin family has been involved in wine production at the estate, and has overseen investment in the latest winemaking technology and innovation.
‘Studio’ by Miraval is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Tibouren. The vineyards are situated along the French Riviera, stretching from the mouth of the Rhône river to the gates of Monaco. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea brings warm temperatures, which are tempered by the Mistral wind, providing excellent conditions for the grapes to ripen and retain acidity.
The 2019 vintage was characterised by bizarre weather. A warm and dry winter brought forward bud burst and this was followed by an uncharacteristically cool and rainy spring. July and August experienced scorching temperatures leading to a reduction in yields. Nevertheless, grape quality was excellent and the harvest was carried out at night to ensure that the grapes arrived in the winery as fresh as possible.
All the varieties are vinified by direct pressing. The Cinsault and Tibouren are fermented in stainless steel-vats, the Grenache and Rolle are partially fermented (to music) in tulip-shaped concrete vats with a rounded bottom. This ovoid shape gives rise to a natural convection movement that suspends the lees creating the same effect as bâtonnage, adding texture and body to the wine with no need for stirring.
This rosé is a very delicate, pale pink colour. The nose is fresh with notes of red berries and stone fruits. The palate has a lovely texture coupled with flavours of apricot, peach and white flowers which are well balanced with bright acidity.