Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently launched a gourmet brand of organic extra virgin olive oil, produced from olives grown on their French Estate, Château Miraval.
10,000 bottles of L’Huile d’Olive Miraval packaged in black stoneware bottles went on sale in a few of France’s specialty food shops and the Famille Perrin website.
Brangelina’s EVOO is a blended oil produced from olives grown on the Miraval estate and locally-sourced Verdale, Pichouline, Tanche, Lucques, Aglandau, Cayon and Arboussane organic olives.
On Miraval’s 26 acres of olive groves, 13 varieties of olives are cultivated. The estate’s olive trees stand on 20-mile long, dry stone walled terraces, which date back to Roman times. The terrace system is conducive to producing evenly ripened fruit.
Pitt and Jolie’s impending divorce sparked rumors that Château Miraval would be sold. These rumors were quashed last week by the estate’s manager, Mark Perrin who told ARP, “The rumors about the sale of the domain are false. It’s an investment for the family and the children. They are involved in all aspects of running the estate.”
Perrin went on to mention the new olive oil saying; “Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have also launched an olive oil, the trees of the property having reached maturity. There are 12 hectares and now that they are 12 years old we have extracted a 100 percent organic EVOO.”
Perrin described L’Huile d’Olive Miraval to Tornos News as, “suave, with notes of almond, hazelnut and artichoke barigoule.” He told People Food that the EVOO was a “Velvety oil with notes of almonds and hazelnut, pungent and spicy with a scent of fresh cut grass.”
Pitt and Jolie purchased Château Miraval in 2011 for $60 million. The couple married in a private ceremony at the Château’s 13th-century chapel, in 2014. The 1,000-acre estate is near the village of Correns, in the south of France.
The Château, which dates back to 1841 boasts 74 acres of vineyards, from which two, well-received white wines and a rosé have been produced.
The first batch of Miraval Rosé was released in 2012. The initial 6,000 bottles sold in five hours, according to reports. Miraval Rosé went on to be named Wine Spectator’s top rosé wine of 2013. Miraval’s latest vintage recently went on sale, stamped as “Bottled by Pitt, Jolie and Perrin.”
L’Huile d’Olive Miraval is sold for €85 for a 500 ML bottle. It is expected to become available in the US in the coming weeks.
Brangelina’s olive oil is expected to become a regular Miraval product line. Following this initial pressing, future harvests will follow with a limited number of bottles being made available for sale. More
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