A bastion of Bordeaux, Château Mouton Rothschild owner Philippe Sereys de Rothschild tells of his foray into the world of champagne
he Rothschild families behind three illustrious Bordeaux estates—château Lafite Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Clarke— joined forces in 2005 to establish a new champagne house, Champagne Barons de Rothschild. In just over a decade, their brainchild, which is chaired by Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, has become a revered name in sparkling French wine—no mean feat considering it now competes against storied brands such as Krug and Ruinart. The first edition of its vintage champagne, the 2006 Blanc de Blancs, was released in early 2015, and this year the brand will release its 2008 Blanc de Blancs vintage cuvée. The 2008 has been on lees for seven years and will have aged for more than 12 months after disgorgement by the time it hits the market in the middle of the year.
half full Philippe Sereys de Rothschild prefers to drink champagne from a wine glass, not a flute This champagne brought together three branches of the Rothschild family who have essentially been competitors. Was this challenging? It was a miracle, not because we are competitive but because we’re just so busy with our own businesses. Family issues are always complex, whether you’re in banking or wine. We decided from the beginning that every decision relating to the champagne had to be made unanimously. There’s no two against one or one against two—all three make the decision or we don’t do it.