In the late 18th century, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a merchant in the Frankfurt ghetto, had five sons. In 1789, after initiating them into the art of business, he decided to send four of them to the four major European capitals of the time: Salomon to Vienna, Nathaniel to London, Carl to Naples and James to Paris, Amschel Junior remaining at his father’s side in Frankfurt. The Rothschild myth was ready to take wing. Coming from a close-knit family, the Rothschild brothers remained in constant touch and pioneered the art of exchanging information faster and more effectively than anyone else. It was those communication skills which enabled them to anticipate the far-reaching changes then sweeping through Europe. During the 19th century, bankers to Napoleon’s Europe and then the industrial era, builders of the modern economy, they spoke as equals to governments. Baron Nathaniel, one of the sons of Baron Nathan, from the English branch of the family, decided to settle in Paris. Wishing to serve his own wine to his illustrious guests, in 1853 he bought Château Brane Mouton at Pauillac, in the heart of the Médoc, at auction. Baron Nathaniel decided to bestow his own name on his newly acquired estate, calling it Château Mouton Rothschild. After his death in 1870, the estate passed to his son, Baron James, and then his grandson, Baron Henri. In 1922, the 20-year-old Philippe de Rothschild, youngest son of Baron Henri and great-grandson of Baron Nathaniel, took the destiny of the estate in hand. Two years later he imposed a revolution, insisting that his wine, hitherto delivered to Bordeaux wine merchants in barrels, should be bottled at the Château. The same year, in another innovation, Baron Philippe asked the poster artist Jean Carlu to illustrate the label for the vintage. During a reign which spanned more than 60 years, his decisions would profoundly change the world of wine, raise the image of the family Château to unparalleled heights and considerably increase the range and geographical scope of its activities.
Deep, dense colour with glints of violet. Very pleasant bouquet of black fruit. Notes of Morello cherry and mocha develop easily with aeration. The palate, is refined, elegant, dense and structured. There is plenty of volume, but the wine remains balanced. The finish is full-bodied, thanks to the well-ripened tannins of this exceptional vintage.