It was in the mid-1920s Bordeaux some bad ones vintages given and Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) made a virtue out of necessity. He created a simple wine in 1927, which he called "Carruades de Mouton", but this was a flop. In 1930 a second attempt was made with the successor "Mouton Cadet". The part of the name "Cadet" means "Junior" or "Youngest" and was named after Philippe, the youngest member of the family.
The name had a double meaning because the baron wanted to use it to express the simpler quality. He counts alongside some other brands such as Baron Philippe Collection, Heritage Range and Mise de La Baronnie after the famous Château Mouton-Rothschild to the second product line, the "Branded Wines", that is brand wines,
The brand became the bestseller in Bordeaux par excellence; from 1975 with three million, production has increased to 13 million bottles annually worldwide. This means that a bottle of the Mouton Cadet brand is opened every 2.5 seconds worldwide. The other branded wines make up nine million. Like all branded wines, the wine is produced and distributed by the Rothschild company "La Baronnie". For this, so to speak, "everything" is used in wines that are not of sufficient quality for the Grand Vins, as well as other wines from various Bordeaux areas.
The simple Mouton Cadet Rouge, Blanc and Rosé are marketed under the Bordeaux appellation, using all the grape varieties approved there. The cleaned wines are more likely to be used soon. There is also a higher quality reserve. The blush used to be made from Cabernet Franc 55%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30% and Merlot 15% Médoc, the Blanc is pure Sémillon under Graves vinified. This combination has not changed for almost 75 years, but with the 2004 vintage a new recipe was introduced. The blush now consists of Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Cabernet Franc (15%), the Blanc out Sémillon (50%), Sauvignon Blanc (40%) and Muscadelle (10%). Under no circumstances should the Mouton Cadet line be confused with the second wine "Le Petit Mouton Château Mouton-Rothschild", which is at least one class higher. There is also a cigar brand "Zino Mouton Cadet" (from Honduras) with a burgundy-colored lower third, which the entrepreneur Zino Davidoff (1906-1994) personally created especially for Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1935-2014) in the mid-1980s.