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Cask of Pitt-Jolie French wine goes for €10,000

AFP/The Local · 31 Oct 2013, 08:57

Published: 31 Oct 2013 08:57 GMT+01:00

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A single cask of organic white wine from the French vineyard owned by Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fetched more than €10,000 ($18,000) at auction on Wednesday, organisers said.

The signed 228-litre (60-gallon) barrel from the Chateau Miraval estate's vineyards sold for €10,100 , which will go towards a sustainable village project eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Kivu region.

The barrel was among 27 lots on sale by the winegrowers of the Correns commune in southern France to raise money for the charity, with others going for more modest prices including a magnum of white wine for 170 euros.

The couple teamed up with the French winemaking Perrin family to develop the "Miraval Cotes de Provence" label, named after their estate.

Jolie and Pitt acquired the 500-hectare (1,200-acre) estate in 2008 for around 40 million euros ($52 million) and have used it as a summer residence.

The estate includes 50 to 60 acres of vines.

In March The Local reported how Pitt and Jolie's dip into the wine trade got off to a roaring start on Thursday when the first 6,000 bottles of their French Miraval rose wine sold out within hours of going on general sale.

The couple are the latest in a long list of stars who have invested in wine, from ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, singer Sting and footballer David Beckham to actor Gerard Depardieu, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and singer Madonna.

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Marc Perrin of the family that partnered with Jolie-Pitt said in February that the couple were involved in the production process and wanted to do more than "just put their name" on the label.

"They want to be proud of the wine on their property. They are really looking for excellence," he said, adding that the estate would later look to also produce red and white wines.

AFP/The Local (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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