Château Mouton Rothschild

In 1853 Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild bought Château Brane-Mouton at auction so that he could serve his own wine to his guests. The estate in the heart of the Médoc, in Pauillac appelation,  was renamed Château Mouton Rothschild. It's one of the most popular in the region and produces the most prestigious wine of Bordeaux. In 2006 at a Christie’s auction in Beverly Hills, a lot of twelve bottles of Mouton Rothschild 1945 sold for $290,000, with a lot of six magnums of the same vintage going for $345,000, making Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 the world’s most expensive wine. The production area is 84 hectares. The land consists of a beautiful soil of serious, enjoying exceptional conditions of exposure and sunshine.

Château Mouton-Rothschild, Grand and Petit!

In Château Mouton-Rothschild, the two main buildings are known as Grand Mouton and Petit Mouton - which is the official family residence, built in 1885. They are surrounded by zen-raked pathways, an attention to detail that illustrates the precision that is associated with a chateau where perfection plays a starring role.

Château Mouton-Rothschild, a place of art and beauty!

symbolising the whole art of living

The much grander Grand Mouton is described as ‘symbolising the whole art of living’ and is used for receiving guests. The outbuildings are equally impressive. The decision was taken in 1924 that all wine should henceforth be bottled at the chateau. In 1926 the spectacular Grand Chai (Great Barrel Hall) was constructed to increase storage space. The avant-garde building can hold up to 1000 oak casks on a single level.

The 2012 vat room is built on two levels, linked by long metal pillars. There are 44 traditional oak vats alongside the 20 stainless steel vats, echoing the use of wood and steel in the building’s construction. The vat room combines tradition and cutting-edge technology and includes a tasting room overlooking the vines.

The splendid cellars include a bottle cellar and a reserve cellar. The bottle cellar contains bottles from exchanges between Mouton Rothschild and the greatest Bordeaux châteaux to accompany the meals served at the château. The reserve contains wines preserved for posterity, the oldest bottle dating back to the 1859 vintage. Conditions in the cellars are ideal for keeping wine.

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vigne Mouton Rothschild  

the “Plateau de Mouton”

The majority of the grapes come from vines grown on a small hillock called the “Plateau de Mouton” which rises to 27m above sea level.

The grapes are handpicked and placed in open baskets to keep them intact.

The wines are matured in new oak barrels and the various stages in the maturing process are carried out in the barrel hall in the traditional Médoc manner.

The first wine is Mouton Rothschild, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild is the second wine. The remaining wines go into the blend for “Pauillac Baron Nathaniel”. Aile d’Argent is the white wine produced by the chateau.

The chateau is also renowned for its art

Situated in a former barrel hall, the stunning Museum of Wine in Art at Mouton Rothschild boasts one of the world’s finest collections of wine-related treasures. The collection includes exceptionally rare items of 17c German gold and silverware, mediaeval tapestries, paintings, ivories, porcelain and glassware and jugs, cups and goblets from the troves of the kings of Naples.  Booking essential.

A separate gallery was opened in 2013 to house a permanent exhibition of Mouton Rothschild labels. Each vintage has its own unique label.  The first label Baron Philippe commissioned was in 1924, by the designer Jean Carlu, to celebrate the chateau’s move to estate-bottling followed by a label in 1945, to celebrate the end of the war with the famous V for Victory label by Philippe Jullian. Artists have included Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Dali and Prince Charles. The artists are paid with 10 cases of Mouton Rothschild (five from the year of their label, plus five of different vintages). Booking essential.

musée Mouton Rothschild