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Aile d'Argent

The white wine of the Château Mouton-Rothschild; look there.

The famous winery is in the north of the municipality Pauillac in the same area in Médoc (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux). That is directly adjacent to it Château Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton is the French word for "sheep" (Aries) and a ram's head is also the logo of the house - a gold one hangs in the entrance hall of the Châteaux. But actually the name is derived from "Mothon", which means "hill" or "elevation". The origin of the property is a plot of land 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 line between the parts of Lafite and the neighboring Mouton, which differed from terroir differentiate here and therefore also in terms of wine style.

Châtau Mouton-Rothschild

Around 1725 the Mouton part was sold to the Baron Joseph de Brane, who named his property "Château Brane-Mouton". This family remained in the possession of the family until 1830 and went to the Parisian banker Isaac Thuriet for 1,124 million francs that year (some sources mention the year 1825 and the banker is also spelled Thuret). The latter then sold the estate, which at the time comprised 35 hectares of vineyards, to Baron Nathaniel de on May 11, 1853 Rothschild (1812-1870) from the English branch of this large family. The baron had moved from London to Paris three years earlier with his wife Charlotte (a cousin) to work in 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 of only a few barns and halls, a château did not yet exist. In the Bordeaux Classification In 1855 the winery "only" received second place "Deuxième Cru Classé". However, the title "Premier des Seconds" (first of the second) was added as a "consolation". Nathaniel was followed by his son James (1844-1881), who started building a stately home. It was only ended by his widow Thérèse. James Rothschild followed his son Henri (1872-1947), who was less interested in wine than in art. The estate was rather run down in its time, which was also caused by mismanagement and unfair activities by employees. His son Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) had spent some time at the winery as a...

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