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Elegant and Uncomplicated
Mirabeau, a gold award winning French Rosé from the vines of sun drenched Provence. Delicate and divine, elegant and uncomplicated….for us, Mirabeau ticks all the boxes.
And now don’t even get us started on their rosé gin, which has quite possibly the prettiest bottle we have ever seen.
The Mirabeau Story
Meet Jeany and Stephen. The couple who after years of dreaming made the decision to exchange the leafy suburbs of South London for the glorious blue skies and sunshine of Provence. With three young children in tow they created their exquisite brand ‘Mirabeau’.
And who wouldn’t fall for a life nestled away in the idyllic countryside of Provence, where grapevines seamlessly interweave a landscape of umbrella pines, cork oak trees and chestnut groves. Where hilltop villages provide views for days and the sun falls upon the dusty stone cottages that scatter the landscape.
The Mirabeau Range
We love the pale pink Rosés produced in Provence and at Mirabeau, they make the most beautiful dry ones. Wines that are a perfect for afresco dining and diverse enough to be served at any occasion. They have a wonderful range. Here below are our two favourites at The Little French Cottage.
Mirabeau Classic Provence Rosé
The Mirabeau range began with the ‘Classic’, their first vintage in 2010. Mirabeau Classic is described as having a beautiful concentration, with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant flavours taking centre stage, all finely balanced by refreshing acidity.
Don’t just take our word for it
This rose has won many prestigious awards including;
- Voted Best of Show France Rosés at Mundus Vini in Germany
- Gold Medal – Mundus Vini
- 90 Tasting Score – Decanter
- Gold Medal (92+ Score) – Drinks Business Global Masters Rosé
Quite an achieve for a couple from London, new to the world of wine producing!
Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé
Our second choice is, Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé. We love that this wine is referred to as ‘Provence in a Glass’. Inspired by days spent enjoying the sunshine on the Côte d’Azur. It is a wonderful balance of dry, fresh acidity with fruity aromas and lovely minerality. We never tire of this rosé because it is the perfect choice for early evening drinks with friends and light lunches in the garden.
Don’t just take our word for it
“Beautifully packaged this has a slight smoky, spicy framing to it that’s really attractive. Delicate, nicely focused and seamless, with tangerine, fine herbs, a twist of black plum and some cranberry brightness on the finish. Lovely wine. 91/100.”
Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com
Mirabeau Rosé Gin
Finally, we couldn’t finish this section without discussing a new addition to the Mirabeau brand. Their range now also includes a beautiful dry rosé gin and it has accent botanicals from Provence.
The Mirabeau Rosé Gin bottle is quite possibly the prettiest bottle we have ever seen. It is designed by co-founder Jeany (who can be found on Instagram @provencejournals) with the French Riviera and Provence’s perfume industry in mind.
Mirabeau’s is a dry rosé gin and was inspired by the abundance of botanicals (12 to be precise!) growing wild on their wine estate near Saint Tropez. It adds a bit of glamour to our gin shelf (yes, we have a shelf…don’t judge) and reminds us of evenings in the French Riviera.
The Picturesque Village Of Cotignac
If you want to visit the Mirabeau boutique then you need to head to the pretty village of Cotignac. (A regular feature on many Francophile Instagram account). Here you can not only try the full range of Mirabeau wines, but also wines that are only available in the showroom. What a treat.
Cotignac itself, is also well worth an explore, with a bustling market square, winding streets and a photo opportunity around every corner. On our last visit we found the loveliest little art shop and came home with a small square painting of a rustic fruit scene which now hangs proudly on our staircase.
Cotignac is a small village and it is full of character. The beautiful troglodyte dwellings installed into the side of the cliffs are a sight to behold and the market square with its lively Tuesday market is the perfect spot for a bite to eat. Sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
The French Rosé Dream
At The Little French Cottage we dream of a owning a little piece of France. Its lifestyle, its food and wine, its landscape. A little cottage with blue shutters and views that make you gasp.
But until them we will jump onboard Jeany and Stephen’s dream and enjoy a bottle of Mirabeau (or two!). Bringing a small piece of France and its lifestyle to our day.