LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The first batch of Miraval Rose produced at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s chateau in the South of France sold out within five hours of going on sale online last week, but fans of Wally’s Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles can get in on a shipment due in May.
Up to six bottles, at $24.99 each, can be ordered from the store — thanks to what Wally’s calls its “special relationships with the parties involved.”
“Sales have been definitely brisk to say the least,” Wally’s owner, Christian Navarro, said. Most orders have been for the six-bottle limit, and several customers have asked for more, he said.
Navarro said he estimated that more than 500 bottles were sold this morning alone. His loyal customers on an email list got first dibs.
“It’s a fantastic product,” he said, adding that it would be a big seller even without its celebrity appeal.
Navarro said Pitt and Jolie shop at Wally’s when in town, and they “want to make it into a real product — an estate wine.”
Wally’s describes Miraval Rose as having “a fantastic bouquet with delicate aromas of white fruits, just-picked strawberries and floral notes.
“The mouth is complex with raspberry and wild strawberry notes, wild herbs, citrus and wet-stone flavors. It has a refreshing acidity, thanks to the altitude of the vineyards, and round, long and vibrant finish.”
The initial 2012 vintage of the wine — about 6,000 bottles — sold out in about five hours of being offered online Thursday for $139 for a half-case, or six bottles. The wine was made with the help of one of France’s most respected vinters, Marc Perrin.
Chateau Miraval, which dates to the 17th century, includes about 1,000 acres, including vineyards and olive groves. The castle formerly contained a recording studio where Sting, Pink Floyd and The Cranberries have recorded.