Tagged with "rosé"
2013 was the second extremely challenging year in a row, with heavy rains during flowering season meaning pollination and fertilisation was severely impeded, causing many flowers not to be fertilised.
We recently made this short video explaining how we swapped-out our lives in London in order to make wine in Provence. We also discuss how we go about making our award-winning wines and how we try to share this beautiful part of the world.
Despite its breezy appeal, rosé can be a vexing vino. I love it on holiday, but back home it can be hard to tell how sweet, fruity, zingy or intense a bottle is before you buy.
I caught up with the irrepressible Nathan Nolan at the Foodies Festival at Hampton Court recently. I asked him to try and explain the region of Provence in 60 seconds, and I reckon he did a pretty good job!
I was asked recently by my new friends (and Mirabeau stockists) CellarVie Wines whether I would answer a few questions about rosé. So here are their questions and my answers…
2012 has been our toughest year yet, with all of nature’s elements seeming to have it in for our old friend vitis vinifera (the grape vine). Heavy frosts, late hail and drought in the summer combined to have a devastating impact on Provençal vineyards. Several properties near us produced no wine at all this year and may struggle again [...]
We’re about halfway through our 2011 harvesting now and it’s looking to be a pretty good year for rosé. We’re harvesting a little earlier last year due to the very warm Spring and early flowering and so far, so good! And this year for the first time I got to ride on the top of [...]
Stephen explains his ambitions to make a fine Provençal Rosé wine and how he will be calling on many experts and specialists to help him achieve his ambitious goal.
Turning any product from anonymity to a recognised brand has challenged marketeers for years. Here, Stephen demonstrates how it can be achieved using the right vehicle to carry the message.
This annual event is a really fantastic opportunity to taste hundreds of Cotes de Provence wines from the new 2010 vintage. It is a great chance to check out the competition and to note the huge variations in styles from across the region due to differences in individual terroir, ages of vines, winemaking etc.
Justin Howard-Sneyd is the Global Wine Director at Britain’s largest wine company, Laithwaites. Prior to that he was head wine buyer at Waitrose. He is a Master of Wine and winemaker and here he talks about how barrels are made and how different degrees of ‘toastiness’ can impart interesting flavours into wine.
Justin Howard-Sneyd MW talks about how the unique terroir of Maury imparts special flavours into the wine.
Stephen heads home to pack before setting off on his first trip to talk to professional buyers about Mirabeau Provence Rosé. What he doesn’t tell you is that he’s actually incredibly nervous!
Here you can see the simple task of preparing samples for blending. Typically the wines will be filtered just prior to bottling.
Many moons ago, I decided to take a gap year and travel to Australia to stay with my Grandmother in Sydney. During that time, I worked at various odd jobs in order to raise enough money to travel around the vast country. One of the last trips I did before heading back to the UK [...]
Relief for Stephen as he learns that the Mirabeau name has been officially granted a Trade mark. Phew!
Stephen has news on the Mirabeau label and his website.
Three bottles of Chateau Lafite’s 1869 vintage each sold for a record price of $230,000 at a recent Sothebys auction in Hong Kong. Ouch!
Stephen feels the pressure whilst on a trip to the UK…
Peter Lunzer is very well qualified to discuss wine as an investment and here he touches on the subject and surprisingly it is not only for those with immense wealth…anyone can buy wine as an investment and it needn’t be that complicated either.