The eagerly anticipated first release of Fleur de Miraval, a collaboration between the Jolie-Pitts of Miraval, the Perrins of Beaucastel fame and the renowned Champagne grower-producer Rodolphe Peters of Pierre Peters.
Andreas Larsson, (Best Sommelier in the world, 2007, Association de la Sommellerie Internationale), 95 Points (7 October 2020):
I must say that I was quite excited to taste the Champagne that everybody talked about, but no one tasted yet. A great reunion with my old friend, Rodolphe Péters whose champagne making skills are nothing less than exceptional. A ground-breaking style that blends Chardonnay from Côte de Blancs of which one part is the actual vintage, one part reserve wines and one part mature wines from bottle. The rosé part being Pinot Noir from Vertus made as a rosé de saignée blended just before bottling to keep the notion of youthful red fruity freshness. It shows a very gentle bright rosé colour and a vivid mousse with fine bubbles. The nose starts out elegantly – layered and nuanced with chalky notes, fresh hazelnut, marzipan, fresh butter, pink citrus and lemongrass. After some time in the glass the Pinot enters with aromas of crushed raspberry, cherry and pain d´épice. The palate is nicely built, showing great flavour intensity and an invigorating freshness. It´s classically bone dry (4,5 grams of dosage) with a chalky presence, balanced by a mellow creaminess. Flavours of marzipan, confit de citron and peach with layers of mature nuttiness and pastry. Elegantly built with great persistency and precision. Drinks truly well today but should certainly improve from further cellaring.
About Fleur de Miraval:
Fleur de Miraval is a fusion of the skills and expertise of three families. This impressive triumvirate includes the Jolie-Pitts of Miraval, the Perrins of Beaucastel fame and the renowned Champagne grower and producer Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters. Friends Marc Perrin and Rodolphe Péters wanted to create a Champagne that combined the complexity of Chardonnay and the vibrancy of a young Pinot Noir. Having struggled to find what they were looking for in a rosé Champagne, in 2015 “we created the wine we couldn’t buy" says Marc.
Fleur de Miraval has its cellars in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and is the only Champagne house to produce solely Rosé Champagne. It is a non-vintage blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, all sourced from Grand or Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs. Just 20,000 bottles were produced for this first release, of which 10-12% are available to the UK.
The Pinot Noir comes from younger vineyards in Vertus to add vivacity, freshness and a blood orange perfume to the wine. The Chardonnay comes from three different sources: the ‘vins clairs’ from the 2016 harvest, Rodolphe’s ‘perpetual reserve’ system, which has wines dating back to 2007 and seven-year-old Blanc de Blancs purchased ‘sur latte’. This process, known as ‘remise en cercle’, involves uncorking the Blanc de Blancs and emptying all the bottles into a tank, where the wine is then de-gassed and added to the base wine. While extremely expensive, this process brings texture, complexity and richness to the blend.
Few new releases will elicit as much anticipation as this non-vintage rosé from France’s most lauded winemakers. “This is such a unique wine” says Rodolphe. “We wanted to create a bridge between Provence and Champagne and produce a Rosé for drinking young rather than ageing as we prize the beautiful aromatics of Pinot Noir from Vertus.” The wine is delicately perfumed with a very pale (Provençal, even) colour that gives way to a palate that combines the hazelnut and brioche character of great Chardonnay with the lifted red fruit perfumes of young Pinot Noir.