The mid-1920s had it in the Bordeaux a few bad ones vintages given and Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) made a virtue out of necessity. He created in 1927 a simple wine, which he called "Carruades de Mouton", but this was a flop. In 1930, a second attempt was launched with the successor "Mouton Cadet". The name part "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 express the simpler quality. He ranks 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 has become the bestseller of Bordeaux, with production of three million from 1975 and production has risen to 13 million bottles per year worldwide. This means that a bottle of the brand Mouton Cadet will be opened every 2.5 seconds worldwide. The remaining brand wines make up nine million. Like all brand wines, the wine is produced and marketed by the Rothschild company "La Baronnie". For this, so to speak, "everything" is used in wines that do not qualify for the Grand Vins, as well as other wines from various areas of the entire Bordeaux.
The simple Mouton Cadet Rouge, Blanc and Rosé are marketed under the Appellation Bordeaux, using all the approved grape varieties. The cleansed wines are more likely to be consumed soon. There is also a higher quality level Réserve. The rouge used to be made from Cabernet Franc 55%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30% and Merlot 15% Médoc, the blanc sorted Sémillon under Graves vinified. Almost 75 years has not changed this compilation, but with the 2004 vintage, a new, up-to-date recipe was introduced.
The rouge is now made Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Cabernet Franc (15%), the blanc out Sémillon (50%), Sauvignon Blanc (40%) and Muscadelle (10%). Under no circumstances should one confuse the line Mouton Cadet with the second wine "Le Petit Mouton Château Mouton-Rothschild", which is still at least one class above. There is also a cigar brand "Zino Mouton Cadet" (from Honduras) with bordeaux-colored bandage, which was created by the entrepreneur Zino Davidoff (1906-1994) personally especially for Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1935-2014) in the mid-1980s.