The saga of Mirabeau goes back nearly 40 years when Stephen Cronk took an extended wine trip to Australia and could not stop thinking about running his own winery. That dream lasted more than 26 years until he and his wife, Jeany, quit their corporate jobs in 2009, packed up their children and belongings, and bought a small winery in Provence.
Provence is Rose country, where most of the finest Rose wines are created. Not being winemakers, they hired Nathalie Longefay, considered to be one of the finest Rose winemakers in Provence. Her attention to detail is legendary and it shows in each of the spectacular wines she creates. Mirabeau has garnered incredible scores and accolades in its short existence as well as conquering major wine competitions all over the world. Their Roses are always listed on Top Ten lists from wine publications, and this selection is proof.
The blend here is quite classic for Provence. It is 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Cinsault. What is unique is their handling of the grapes and finished wine. The grapes are brought to the winery in containers filled with inert gas so that there is no chance of oxidation. After fermentation, the tanks are prepared with inert gas as well, assuring further protection. The result is an astoundingly clean and vibrant wine offering fresh strawberry, cherry blossom and a touch of orange peel from start to finish. This is a universal wine to pair with all comers from steak tartare to a Caesar salad.