We arrived in Cotignac 6 years ago in order to start a new life working in the world of wine and living and breathing our new home in Provence. Our two older children had been educated in English schools and only mastered rudimentary French, so suffered a shock to the system when they started at […]
It’s not every day a major British newspaper calls up to say they’d like to do a feature article on us, so when the Telegraph said they wanted to come down to Provence to do a piece on Mirabeau, we nearly fell off our stools!
On booking our place at Taste of London last year, the Mirabeau team cooked up some ideas for creating a super stand. The rather outrageous and unanimous favourite was to convert Belle, our beloved Citroën Acadiane (the van version of a 2CV) into a rosé wine bar. Michael, our architect, was called in as he […]
About a month late and just in time for the arrival of the “real” season in Cotignac the Mirabeau showroom is ready to open it’s doors. The age of the building and the many discoveries, both good and bad, during the building process meant that we took much longer to get there than planned. But […]
First published by High50 30 June 2015 by Rosanna Dickinson Stephen Cronk of Mirabeau en Provence moved to France to make a rosé wine that’s now winning awards. He reveals the challenges he faced and his top tips for starting your own business. Stephen Cronk’s Mirabeau en Provence rosé has been described as “heartachingly beautiful” by wine […]
By Claudia Canavan Posted on June 19, 2015 The drink of summer 2015? It’s got to be pale pink Provence Rosé. Not too sweet, easy-to-drink and a million miles away from cloying, dark varieties that gave the wine its (unfair) ‘not for proper drinkers’ image. And, with sales up 80 per cent in the UK from 2013, […]
Lovely stuff is happening at the busy Mirabeau HQ on the Cours Gambetta in Cotignac. We renovated this 600 year old winery (La Falaise) to house our tasting room and office last year. After a really busy first summer with lots of visitors we closed again to start the second phase of the job. The […]
Not just any wine-tasting event, but something rather special for the village. I found myself shaking hands with the mayor, his wife and a number of rather influential people from the area and the evening was held in aid of fundraising for the school.
Belle, a 1979 Citroën Acadiane in original blue, it is the company mascot and the epitome of a French delivery-van from the 70’s with a history dating back to the 2CV. This particular car has been ever more sparingly deployed onto the road and always with extreme hesitation for delivery duties. The reason? Reliability.
While we were there, we learned about what Mirabeau is doing, and wanted to be involved. We got thrown into the deep end. With no French to speak of (pun intended), a bare minimum of knowledge on the subject and a crash course on the brand, Stephen & co couldn’t have asked for more enthusiastic workers! After all, what better place to learn about wine than from people who make their own internationally-recognised wines?
Restoring the interior of a four-hundred-year-old building takes time, delicate handling and long hours. Plastering of the vaulted ceilings and walls was done by a true craftsman, reviving the building with more than a casual nod to keeping the original structure and character of the building intact. And with great success.
No longer a bi-product of winemakers looking to make more concentrated red wines, Provençal rosés are created today with both intention and spirit—and Brad and Angelina aren’t the only ones in on the action.
What prompted the decision to ditch your corporate life for that of a vigneron? Shortly after we bought our family house in London we went to visit some friends near Perpignan in southwest France.