Get a Peek Inside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s New Champagne House in France

Maison de Champagne Fleur de Miraval

Set amid the low rolling hills of Champagne, the small French village of Mesnil-sur-Oger has increased its population of 1,127 by one: Brad Pitt.

The actor will release the first bottles of his new Fleur de Miraval champagne—a business endeavor he entered into and continues to operate with his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie—this Thursday, and PEOPLE can exclusively reveal a sneak peek at his new champagne house in the village!

While the exact location is being kept private, it is no secret why Pitt chose Mesnil. Registered as a Grand Cru, its delimited 2,000 acres are among the most prized in Champagne. Chardonnay, as they say in France, is king and Mesnil’s parcels — home to marques such as Launay, Peters and Krug — are among the highest valued agricultural fields in the world.

Maison de Champagne Fleur de Miraval

Krug, for example, is located in the center of town and keeps its house and 4-acre parcel guarded behind high walls and iron gates.

Fleur de Miraval’s new home is a large, whitewashed building near the village center, discreetly indicated by only one black lettered wall sign. Inside the space is tranquil with much emphasis on light and French oak.

“It’s close to the house of the Peters family”, who are partners in the business, explains one local.

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Maison de Champagne Fleur de Miraval

Though public visits are currently unavailable, they will eventually be available by prior appointment.

Partnering with the Peters family, owners of 45 acres in Mesnil, and the Perrin family, Pitt’s longtime partners in winemaking, the actor has engaged in a five-year long project to create a world-class rosé champagne. The process is laborious, requiring several years of experimentation, before three more aging in cellars.

Maison de Champagne Fleur de Miraval

After an advance tasting last week, wine professional Andreas Larsson posted an Instagram post  reviewing “the Champagne that everybody talked about, but no one has tasted yet.”

“A ground-breaking style,” Larsson, who was selected the World’s Best Sommelier in 2007, continued praising the champagne for its “notion of youthful red fruity freshness.”

“It shows a very gentle bright rosé color and a vivid mousse with fine bubbles. The nose starts out elegantly – layered and nuanced with chalky notes, fresh hazelnut, marzipan, fresh butter, pink citrus and lemongrass.” The Pinot Noir grapes, which offer the wine its distinctive pink shade, impart an aroma of crushed raspberry, cherry and gingerbread, according to Larsson.

Describing, “great flavor intensity,” he rates the wine 95/100, placing it one of the three top champagnes he has encountered in his career.

“For me champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige and luxury,” Pitt told PEOPLE in August. “But rosé champagne is still relatively unknown. Backed by our success with Miraval in Provence, I wanted to try to create the defining brand of rosé Champagne, focusing all our efforts on just this one color.”

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France to get tough on anti-religious acts, says interior minister

France’s interior minister has vowed that the government would use all means to find and prosecute those who attack churches, mosques and other religious monuments.

Gérald Darmanin made the comment on October 5, one day after an attempted arson attack on a Catholic church near the city of Lyon.

“To attack a place of worship is a strike against the Republic,” the interior minister said.

His words echoed those expressed four years ago by the then-French President François Hollande after an elderly priest in Normandy was murdered while celebrating Mass.

“To kill a priest is to desecrate the Republic,” Hollande said after the July 26, 2016 slaying of Father Jacques Hamel.

Darmanin spoke to the press during a quick trip to Rillieux-la-Pape, a city of some 30,000 inhabitants about eight miles northeast of Lyon.

The city’s St. Peter Chanel Church is believed to have been the target of arsonists who, during the night of Oct. 3-4, set a dozen vehicles on fire.

One of the autos was expressly moved in front of the church, which resulted in blackening the facade of the modern building.

But thanks to the intervention of firefighters, who faced projectile fire upon arrival, only the church’s offices and meeting rooms were damaged.

“Christians are defended by the public authorities”

“All means are being put in place, including scientific means, to find the perpetrators of this unspeakable act,” Darmanin promised.

He called the violence “hooded mischief”.

The 38-year-old interior minister said additional police would be sent to the Lyon area, a clear show of firmness in the face of anti-religious acts that seem to be multiplying in the region.

“We have had at least 14 incidents of damage or thefts since the beginning of the year, including seven since the beginning of September,” said Christophe Ravinet, director of press relations for the Archdiocese of Lyon.

But he said these figures could be underestimated, since they only concern cases that parishes report to the archdiocese.

Bishop Michel Dubost, the apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, said the interior minister’s visit to Rillieux-la-Pape was “very important, because it showed Christians that they are defended by the public authorities”.

But Catholics are not the only ones experiencing such violence. In recent months, mosques in the Lyon metropolitan area have also been targeted by attempted fires.

Anti-Semitic tags were also found in Lyon’s historic center, while the front of a Protestant bookstore was covered with anti-Christian slogans.

“A desire by some to set religious communities against each other”

“What’s happening in our good city of Lyon, which has been going through difficult times since this summer?” asked Kamel Kabtane, rector of the city’s grand mosque.

He said anti-religious insults spiked on social media during the coronavirus lockdown, but now the hatred is being transformed into acts.

“The odious act of Rillieux-la-Pape confirms that there is a desire by some to set religious communities against each other,” the Muslim leader lamented.

He said the attack on St. Peter’s is all the more “insidious”

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Trump Picked Out Art for White House After Canceling Military Visit On 2018 France Trip: Report

Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump spent time picking out artwork from the U.S. Embassy in France after he canceled a visit to a military cemetery in 2018, according to a new Bloomberg report, but the art the president took turned out to be replicas.

The new report about the president’s time making faux art selections follows last Thursday’s report from The Atlantic that Trump, 74, had canceled his planned stop at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery for fallen U.S. marines because he was worried the rain would mess up his hair.

Trump reportedly said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” before calling the U.S. marines laid to rest there “suckers” for being killed in action, though he later denied making the disparaging comments.

A day after making the alleged comments, Bloomberg reported Sunday night that the president had then requested that officials bring back a handful of art pieces he fancied from the U.S. embassy that all turned out to be replicas, including a handful of silver Greek figurines, as well as a bust and a portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Trump’s request had “startled” U.S. Ambassador Jamie McCourt, according to Bloomberg, though the official allowed Trump to take the artwork from her residence while he told her she would get them back “in six years,” referencing his hopes to win a second presidential term in November against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) sits with Donald Trump (right) in the Oval Office, in front of the Greek figurines the president brought back from France behind him.

The president’s request also set off a flurry of emails between the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and White House officials trying to coordinate the art transfer. It was determined that the move was legal, given that the art was U.S. property, according to the report.

However, once the artwork was brought back to the U.S. on Air Force One, White House art curators discovered that pieces weren’t as valuable as they seemed.

London art dealer Patricia Wengraf also told Bloomberg that the Greek figurines, made by Neapolitan artist Luigi Avolio, were intended to be passed off as 16th or 17th century pieces, but they were in fact found to be made in the early 20th century.

The Franklin bust and the portrait of him were found to be replicas, as well, after White House curators reviewed the pieces.

Trump then reportedly joked that he liked the replica of the founding father’s bust better than the original, according to two people familiar with the president’s comments who spoke with the outlet.

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation The original Benjamin Franklin portrait that was located at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

In an ironic twist, the original copy of the Franklin portrait, painted

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