The Roth­schilds and wine

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In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Roth­schild of the English branch of the fam­ily bought Brane-Mou­ton and re­named it Mou­ton Roth­schild – 15 years be­fore the French branch fol­lowed suit at Lafite. In 1922, his great-grand­son Baron Philippe ( 1902-1988) took over and be­gan a series of in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing château bot­tling ( 1924), the build­ing of the Grand Chai at Mou­ton ( 1926), the ac­qui­si­tion of Château d’Ar­mail­hac ( 1933) and the cre­ation of Mou­ton Cadet ( 1933). Af­ter 1945, he en­sured the wine la­bels were il­lus­trated each year by great artists and opened the Mu­seum of Wine in Art ( 1962). He bought Château Clerc Milon ( 1970) and over­saw the of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of Mou­ton Roth­schild as a pre­mier cru classé ( 1973), and the cre­ation of the first FrenchCal­i­for­nian wine pro­ject, Opus One, with Robert Mon­davi ( 1979).

Baroness Philip­pine de Roth­schild cre­ated a dry white wine, Aile d’Ar­gent, in 1991, fol­lowed by a sec­ond wine, Le Petit Mou­ton, in 1994. She es­tab­lished Al­ma­viva in Chile in 1997, in part­ner­ship with Con­cha y Toro, and then Do­maine de Baronar­ques in the Pays d’Oc, in 1998.

Above: Baron and Baroness Philippe de Roth­schild pho­tographed for Vogue in 1963

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