of LVMH’s wine and spirits arm, Moët Hennessy, to expand the estate’s reach.
The Wertheimer brothers, owners of Chanel and also Châteaux Rauzan-Ségla and Canon in Bordeaux, also bought Domaine de l’Ile on the island of Porquerolles – where rosé accounts for 70% of the total production.
Provence has received high-profile celebrity endorsements, too. Most recently, pop star
Kylie Minogue launched a 2019 ‘Signature’ Côtes de Provence rosé that was reportedly expected to retail for around £18 per bottle. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Rolle, the wine made its debut in August 2020 and has been produced in collaboration with Benchmark Drinks. It follows a less expensive rosé Vin de France blend from the singer, released earlier this year.
While the popularity of rosé wines has been building for more than a decade, some retailers have recently highlighted greater interest in more upmarket styles. UK supermarket Sainsbury’s reported in August that sales of premium rosé were up by 60% for the year so far.
The supermarket cited particularly strong demand for Miraval, from the eponymous Provence estate co-owned by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel fame.
See Decanter’s August issue, or Decanter Premium, for a panel tasting of 178 Provence rosé wines.
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