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Aile d'Argent

The white wine (dt "silver wing") of the Château Mouton-Rothschild; look there.

The famous winery is located in the north of the municipality Pauillac in the eponymous area in the Médoc (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux). Directly adjacent to it is Château Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton is the French word for "sheep" (ram) and a ram's head is also the logo of the house - a gold one hangs in the entrance hall of the Châteaux. Actually, however, the term derived from "Mothon", which means "hill" or "elevation". The origin of the property is a plot called "Clos de Mouton" owned by the notary Jacques de ségur (+1691). This famous noble family owned huge estates, including the predecessors of the three wineries Château Latour. Château Lafite-Rothschild and also Château Mouton-Rothschild. The grandson Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur (1697-1755) drew the final boundary between the parts Lafite and the neighboring Mouton, which departed from the terroir and therefore also differ in the wine style.

Châtau Mouton-Rothschild

Around the year 1725, the Mouton part was sold to Baron Joseph de Brane, who named his property "Château Brane-Mouton". It remained in the possession of this family until 1830 and went to the Parisian banker Isaac Thuriet for 1,124 million francs this year (some sources mention the year 1825 and the banker is also indicated in the spelling Thuret). This sold the then 35 hectares of extensive estate then on May 11, 1853 to the Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870) from the English branch of this large family. Three years earlier, the Baron had moved from London to Paris with his wife Charlotte (a cousin) to work at the bank of his father-in-law and uncle Baron James de Rothschild (1792-1868). Baron James then bought the Château Lafite 15 years later and added the name Rothschild.

Rothschild - Portraits of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Jakob Rothschild and Nathaniel Rothschild

Baron Nathaniel gave his new property the name "Château Mouton-Rothschild". At that time it consisted only of a few barns and halls, a château did not exist yet. In the Bordeaux Classification In 1855, the winery received "only" second place "Deuxième Cru Classé". But it was added as a "consolation" the title "Premier of the Seconds" (First of the Second). Nathaniel was succeeded by his son James (1844-1881), who began building a stately home. It was only finished by his widow Thérèse. James Rothschild succeeded his son Henri (1872-1947), who was less interested in wine than in art. The estate was quite run down in its time, which also contributed to mismanagement and unfair activities of employees. His son Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) had spent some time as a youth during the First World War at the...

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