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.
Well, okay, they haven’t made a feature length documentary about our move from the ‘burbs of London to wine producer in Provence just yet, but Waitrose (the upmarket UK food and wine retailer) ran a wine promotion recently and they chose Mirabeau to feature prominently in their advertisement.
This is only our second vintage making a white wine and we’re really pleased with it. Mirabeau Cotes de Provence blanc is a delicious, floral blend of rounded, lemony Sémillon and crisp, fresh, herby Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino). Gentle lees stirring and the merest hint of oak help make this is an accomplished wine with subtle […]
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 […]
The bottling line we use for Mirabeau meets the highest quality standards. It is certified BRC 6th version (A level) and IFS (higher level). With so many potential problems with bottling we wanted to use the best facility in the region. It’s a critical stage in the winemaking process and we want to ensure that Mirabeau reaches you in […]
“We can put a man on the moon but we haven’t yet worked out how to close a bottle of wine properly” sums it up. The jury is still out on this subject, even though we’ve been making wine for thousands of years. Here Stephen talks to TV journalist and wine blogger Kendall Harris (Wine2Three) […]
Kendall Harris is a Canadian TV journalist on a sabbatical visit to Provence from Vancouver. She is a WSET Advanced certified wine lover and here she interviews Stephen and asks him about why he moved from London to Provence to make rosé wine. Follow Kendall on Twitter or Facebook at Wine2Three.
Stephen talks about the past few months at Mirabeau – the legal challenge from Gallo, the hail that has had a big impact on so many of the vineyards in Provence, the new HQ he hopes to be in by next year, his new labels and the most recent bottling. There are still many challenges […]
We’re really proud of this red. We’ve blended old vine grenache and syrah grapes that have been aged for years in huge oak barrels (foudres) – which mean this is probably one of the smoothest wines you’ll taste all year! Everyone who has tried it loves it and here you can witness the first bottles […]
I asked our printers to change the grey on some text on our label to make it slightly darker. So I thought they would press a few keys on a computer and hey presto. Voila. But no. To change a colour in an industrial printer requires going back to basics….
At this time of year we make the blend for Mirabeau 2011. The ferments have finished and the wines are ready for tasting. We look at only the best tanks of wine in the winery for Mirabeau and make our blend of the top few (four in this case).
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 one of the massive machine harvesters…lorra lorra fun.