Château Mouton Rothschild
In the town of Pauillic, northwest of Bordeaux, lies the vineyard of Château Mouton Rothschild. At the end of the perfectly raked gravel path sits the distinctive château surrounded by vineyards. The best vines of the 90-hectare vineyard grow on the adjacent hills. Natural drainage and perfect exposure to sunlight make conditions perfect for the grapes and contribute to an elegant and powerful flavor.
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In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought Château Brane-Mouton at auction. The Baron wanted to serve his prestigious guests his “own” wine. From that day on, the estate bears the name Château Mouton Rothschild. The vineyard has since been expanded to include the “Grand Chai”, a 100 meter long and 25 meter wide storage facility where some 1,000 oak barrels are stored.
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The Rothschild family still owns Château Mouton Rothschild. Today, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild is in charge. For centuries, the family has been known for their exorbitant wealth, acquired in banking, real estate, investments, art and wine. The various branches of the Rothschilds own, in addition to Château Mouton Rothschild, several wineries including Château Lafite Rothschild.
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The ratios of the wine are not fixed and depend on the annual yield and the character of the grape varieties. However, it is certain that the Cabernet Sauvignon grape always has the highest proportion in the wine. The flamboyant wine is exotic with Asian flavors and lush textures. It is a wine that is perfectly suited to be enjoyed extensively, even after several decades of storage.
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A museum of wine labels
Starting in 1945, Philippe de Rothschild (grandson of Nathaniel) began changing the wine’s label annually. Artists and various celebrities were asked for the designs. The Rothschild family now has a label collection that would be admired by many museums. Designers have included Salvador Dalí (1958), Marc Chagall (1970), Pablo Picasso (1973), Andy Warhol (1975), Keith Haring (1988), Karel Appel (1994) and none other than Prince Charles (2004). The reward for creating a design? A whopping 24 cases of the vintage on which their design is displayed.