Fam­ily Ties

A bas­tion of Bordeaux, Château Mou­ton Roth­schild owner Philippe Sereys de Roth­schild tells of his foray into the world of cham­pagne

Hong Kong Tatler - - Wine Small Talk -

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.

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