Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. He had been talking about moving to France to make wine for some time and this was the moment he’d been waiting for to put the plan into action. A year later in August 2009 (having quit his job and sold the house), the Cronks left the leafy suburbs of south-west London with their possessions packed up on the back of a truck and, with barely a word of French between them, headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence. Stephen then set up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would become regarded as one of the best from the region. In order to achieve this aim, he put together a highly experienced winemaking team (French and British) and Mirabeau has already earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine journalists. Our winemaking philosophy is simple: use grapes from only the best vineyards (in terms of altitude, aspect and soil), to foster an open approach to winemaking and to be dedicated to constantly improving and perfecting every aspect of what we do. We hope you enjoy the results.
Mirabeau Rosé has the most exquisite rosé pink colour and aromas of the classic “fruits rouges” of wild strawberries, raspberry and redcurrants. A hint of pear drops falls away with a little time, to be replaced by a nice creaminess, and the aromas begin to meld together into a beautifully clean, complex whole. The palate offers a combination of ripe red fruits and zesty apple, with a decent amount of acidity which adds grip and texture. This is a wine that tends towards elegance, rather than power, yet it has a very impressive finish – those tangy, zesty, herby, almost spicy flavours linger for a very long time on the palate.