Bordeaux, France
Date:
03/12/1999

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Vines harvested in late September. Grape harvest lasts for only six days and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild employs 600 additional workers for this intensive work period.


 
On view from a reception hall is this room filled with 1000 oak barrels. What a spectacular show.

The private wine cellar of Philippine Rothschild, the daughter of Phillip who developed Chateau Mouton-Rothschild into one of the premier wine makers of the world. This cellar has over 100,000 great wines.


 
French oak wine barrels inside Chateau Mouton-Rothschild

Inside Chateau Mouton-Rothschild


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
3 December 1999 We drove through marvelous countryside to Chateau Mouton Rothschild, an hour outside of Bordeaux. Passing many vineyards along the way, none looked as impeccably maintained as did Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Phillip Rothschild moved to the vineyard in the early 1920s and began bottling on the site, where he loved the chateaux, investing in the grounds and wine making facility. He bought other wine estates bordering his property expanding his empire, while also collecting art in the course of things. In 1924, he asked a prominent artist of the day to design a label for his wine, but this avant-garde approach was so ridiculed he ceased this until 1945 when he asked an artist to make a label celebrating war victory. Since then, a different artist has designed the label each year making the bottles nothing less than works of art. Some of the artists: Warhol, Picasso, Tanguy and Bacon. Philip Rothschild died in 1988 leaving the huge, respected estate and vineyard to his daughter Philippine, who lives in Paris. Chateau Mouton Rothschild has a joint venture with California’s Mondavi making Opus One, and recently the Chateau invested in a Chilean winery. Long live Chateau Mouton Rothschild!

 
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  Drive from Andorra to Bordeaux (Jim)