A lot of good things came out of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's apparently doomed relationship. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, extensive humanitarian work, and an estimated combined net worth of "at least" $400 million, to name a few.
But one of the most surprising things that Brangelina collaborated on was the purchase Chateau Miraval, a 1,200-acre vineyard in Provence for $60 million with a 35-bedroom mansion to live and make wine in. Even more surprising is that among with a little help from winemaker Marc Perrin, Brangelina made a wine got glowing reviews despite being met with initial skepticism.
Decanter praised Chateau Miraval rosé for its "mouthwatering finish" and "a delicate structure that deepens through the palate," awarding it a score of 85 out of 100 points.
Meanwhile, Wine Spectator called the rosé "refined and elegant, with pure flavours of dried red berry and tangerine, and a focused finish with flint and spice notes," after trying it during a blind taste test. It scored 90 points, or "outstanding," on their 100-point scale.
Joe Bastianich told Vanity Fair that "the classic traps of celebrity vintners don't apply. They're not celebrity vintners; Brad and Angelina are real vintners. They hired a real winemaker, they waited until the wine was good, they released it properly—this is a legitimate wine."
The first 6,000 bottles of the wine sold out five hours after being sold online in France earlier this month, and 15,000 cases ended up being shipped out to the States. Clearly, Jolie-Pitt & Perrin, as their partnership is formally referred to, were doing something right.
So what now for cuvée Brangelina? The future of Pitt and Jolie's Chateau Marival and its wines is as uncertain at this point as the causes for their divorce proceeding. Rumours of Jolie not being as into winemaking as her husband emerged in August, as did unconfirmed claims that the vineyard being for sale.
Who knows? Maybe their split wasn't actually caused by Marion Cotillard or child abuse, but disagreements over making a fabled "Super Provence" wine. It's anyone's guess at this point.