In me­mo­riam

Hong Kong Tatler - - News -

Philip­pine de Roth­schild, 80, one of the icons of the wine world, died on Au­gust 23 in Bordeaux. She was the flam­boy­ant owner of first-growth Château Mou­ton Roth­schild as well as Clerc Milon and d’ar­mail­hac, and was part-owner of Napa Val­ley’s Opus One and Chile’s Al­ma­viva. Her fam­ily wine mer­chant business, Baron Philippe de Roth­schild, pro­duces one of the world’s most popular wines—mou­ton Cadet.

The for­mer ac­tress was a larger-than-life character in the wine world. Her stage pres­ence was felt by ev­ery­one—whether at­tend­ing a meet­ing at her “dear Mou­ton” (as she called it), or vis­it­ing a friend or cus­tomer in some far­away place. She per­son­ally se­lected the artist who would de­sign the la­bel of Mou­ton Roth­schild each year. I re­mem­ber run­ning into her one sum­mer in Barcelona and she was up­set that I fig­ured out whom she had cho­sen for the 1995 la­bel. I never told any­one; nei­ther did she.

When­ever I tasted Mou­ton, whether from the bot­tle or the bar­rel, Philip­pine nearly al­ways phoned me be­fore­hand or hand­wrote me a mes­sage to say she hoped I en­joyed her Mou­ton. Of course, I al­ways did. But it was that per­sonal touch and warmth that made Philip­pine such a spe­cial per­son in the wine world. She made ev­ery­thing she did so very per­sonal. It’s why we are all go­ing to miss her.

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