Brad Pitt has a new property in the small village of Mesnil-sur-Oger in Champagne, France. But it’s not just any house—it’s a champagne house for his new Fleur de Miraval champagne, a business venture with his ex-wife (Yep!) Angelina Jolie. And People just gave us a sneak peek inside.
These exclusive photos come just days before the actor will release the first bottles of his new “world-class” rosé champagne on Thursday (Oct. 15). Fleur de Miraval is created through a special method called saignée, which boldens the wine by allowing the pressed grape juice to “bleed” away from the mash. "For me, champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige, and luxury," Pitt told People. "But rosé champagne is still relatively unknown. Backed by our success with Miraval in Provence, I wanted to try to create the defining brand of rosé Champagne, focusing all our efforts on just this one color."
To achieve this color, Pitt has spent the last five years (several experimenting and three more to age the wine) developing the bubbly with his winemaking partners, the Peters and Perrin families. The time and effort put into this champagne are proving to be worth it. 2007 World’s Best Sommelier Andreas Larsson raved about his early tasting of Fleur de Miraval in an Instagram post, where he gave it a 95/100 score.
And the price of the bottle reflects its unique fermentation and aging processes. At $390 a pop, Fleur de Miraval champagne joins the ranks of other high-end celebrity champagnes, like Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Armand de Brignac and 50 Cent’s Chemin du Roi in partnership with Castelnau.
But this isn’t Pitt’s first stint with rosé—his Miraval rosé is currently in its sixth year of production. And in 2019, Pitt introduced two new premium rosés, one of which he personally shared with guests at a screening party for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood at Cannes.
Pitt and Jolie discovered Miraval in 2008 before purchasing in 2012. Despite the ex-couple’s 2016 split, sources told People that they’re keeping the property “as an investment for their children.” Set on 1,200 acres, the champagne’s new home is a large yet somewhat discrete building located close to the center of the village in France. Inside the house, you’ll find 5,000-liter barrels made of French oak that are used to age the champagne, as opposed to the commonly used stainless steel vats. The oak barrels give the wine a much more distinct, luxurious flavor. And get this: eventually the Fleur de Miraval house will be open to the public for tours by prior appointment. So picture sipping bubbly rosé perfected by Brad Pitt in a quaint and quiet French village—we know we are.
Pitt isn’t exactly new to working with an ex. Just last month, Pitt joined Jennifer Anniston for a charity table read of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Their virtual reenactment of the steamy scene between their characters, Linda and Brad, quickly went viral, causing us to ship these two once again.
So we’d like to toast Brad on his new champagne and his impressive ability to work with his exes! Cheers!