AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 39
Name of wine estate: Château Mouton Rothschild
Wine region: Pauillac, Bordeaux
Standout points: Premier Cru Classé claret, priceless modern art collection
Winemaker: Philippe Dhalluin
Wine style: Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends
Art and fine wine
The youngest of the Bordeaux First Growths, having been promoted from Deuxième Cru Classé in 1973, Château Mouton Rothschild makes up in artistic proclivities what it lacks in seniority among the five elite châteaux (also including Lafite, Latour, Haut-Brion and Margaux). This legendary Left Bank producer distinguishes itself not only by its stratospherically priced clarets, but also its collaboration with celebrated artists on the design of its labels. Pablo Picasso was engaged by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild to design the 1973 label to commemorate the chateau’s accession to the top Bordeaux echelon, for example. Other artists to have designed labels include Dali, Bacon and, er, Prince Charles…
A design masterpiece
Baron Philippe’s goal of making Mouton an estate dedicated to art and wine is apparent wherever one looks in this immaculately maintained patch of Pauillac – whether outside in the harmonious arrangement of elegant buildings, zen-inspired raked pathways, open spaces and subtle play of perspectives; or inside in, most plainly, the Mouton Museum of Wine in Art.
Situated in a renovated barrel hall, the Museum of Wine in Art is a place to gorge on rare and beautiful wonders: 17th century German gold and silverware, the fabulous treasures of the kings of Naples, mediaeval tapestries, paintings, ivories, Chinese dynastic treasures, Japanese and Persian porcelains and much more besides. This is a special place which, in the eloquent words of the chateau itself, “bears resounding witness to the eternal and fruitful dialogue between art and wine”.
By appointment only, please
You may discover all this and more for yourself on the estate’s exclusive tour (NB: by appointment only). The tour, which lasts around two-and-a-half hours, includes a visit to the famed Label Gallery and art collection, and the church-like Old Barrel hall, as well as a tasting of four of the château’s wines, including the latest vintage Grand Vin.