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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie own a French vineyard? And they make rosé? What can't this couple do?
First, let's have a bit of quick education about how this rosé is produced. Most roses in the Cotes des Provence AOC (the largest rose producing region in France), are made with a majority of grenache red wine grapes. Chateau Miraval's rose is produced in the saignée (which means "to bleed" in French) method, which means that after a short maceration (crush) time, the pink coloured juice is “bled” out of the fermentation tank and thus separated from the grape skins. Other vineyards use a more standard maceration process that allows the juice to be coloured through a short period (12-24 hours) of interaction with the red grape skins.
The lush 2014 Chateau Miraval Rosé, brought to Hong Kong by Altaya Wines, has landed in a number of exclusive locations in Hong Kong, but Maximal Concept's Fish & Meat has made this highly rated wine (#84 on the Wine Spectator’s 2013 list of the World’s Top 100 Wines and the only rosé included on the list) available to the public and has assembled a number of delectable dishes for a late summer meal.
We had the privilege of enjoying a few of these dishes, paired with the crisp, slightly fruity rose. As most roses pair well with seafood, we first ordered the Sea Urchin Toast ($320), topped with a cauliflower cream, watercress, and garnished with salmon roe. The creamy, briny uni and the freshness of the cauliflower cream were a delightful combination, and offered a nice balance to the crisp rosé.
We decided to splurge a bit and went with the Saffron and Tomato Risotto, with poached Boston lobster was topped with mascarpone cheese and fresh basil ($295) to complete our lunch. This specially created risotto highlighted the freshness of the lobster, and created an almost bisque-like quality which we enjoyed with our glass of Miraval.
On its own, the wine has a bit too much fruit for our palette, but paired with the food options that Executive Chef Russell has created specifically for this launch, we were very pleased with the options that we chose. There are a limited number of bottles available this summer, so if rosé is your thing, we'd recommend heading down to Fish & Meat to check out this celebrity wine find.
The wine is now available at Fish & Meat by bottle for HK$590, by carafe for HK$330 and for HK$135 by glass.
Fish & Meat
1 & 2/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central