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HISTORIA CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD

Château Mouton Rothschild, owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her childen, is regarded as one of the world's greatest wines. The story of Mouton Rothschild is that of a magical combination of soil, climate and the devotion of one man, Baron Philippine de Rothschild (1902 - 1988), Baroness Pilippine's father.

In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, from the English branch of the family, bought Château Brane-Mouton and inmediately renamed it Château Mouton Rothschild.

Despite the excellance of the state, however, no member of the family took any real interest in it until 1922 when the 20 year old Baron Phillippe, enchanted by the charm and beautiful setting of the château, decided to devote his life to it. From the outset, his ambition was to make Mouton unique, producing the very best wine. His 65 years at Mouton bear witness to the strength of his peronality, his spirit of enterprise and his sense of innovation.

In 1924, he vas the first to introduce "entire château bottling", a practie hitherto unheart of, which demonstrated the owner's assumption of greater responsiblility. In 1926, he built the famous "Grand Chai", the majestic 100 metre barrel hall which is still an outstanding feature of Mouton.

In 1945, to celebrate the liberation of France, Baron Philippe had the imaginative idea of crowning the label for that year's vintage with a suitable design. It was the "V" for Victory, the first in a long line of original works of art created for each vintage by famous painters, including Miró, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Warhol, Delvaux, Bacon, Balthus, Tàpies, etc. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild displayed this unique collection to the public in 1981, in an exhibition that has since travelled the world.

In 1962, André Malraux inaugurated the Museum of Wine in Art, a collection of precious objects devoted to wine and the vine from three millennia. Moton soon became a popular tourist site, attracting thousands of visitors a years.

Baron Philippe's last challenge was to obtain a revision of the 1855 classificaction so that Mouton would be officially recognised as a First Growth. After 20 years spent fighting official inertia and the status quo, he won his battle in 1973. Since then, Château Mouton Rothschild has been an acknowledged member of the elite to which it had in fact belonged for many years already.