Chateau Mouton Rothschild have just announced that the French man Guy de Rougemont is the latest artist who will feature a piece of work on the 2011 Chateau Mouton Rothschild label.
Guy de Rougemont has already worked with Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as he designed a magnificent colonnade within the building where the original pieces of art are displayed.
Monsieur de Rouhemont is actually an old friend of Baronness Phillipine de Rothschild. They have known each other for over 60 years.
Rougemont frequently uses serpent like characters in his work, he has used his trademark "sinuous, random" undulating shapes, in bright colors ranging from gold to dark red. Mouton Rothschild says the artwork encompasses "the clarity of vines in sunshine to the darkness of the cellars – all the stages of the birth of a great wine."
The wine was bottled in June of this year and most of the wine has all been sold as Futures via the Bordeaux negociants and global imprters. The opening price (ex negociant was €360 per bottle). Robert Parker, the American wine critic awarded the wine 93-96 for the barrel sample, which was perceived as one of the top ranking wines of the 2011 vintage. The current trading price for the wine is approximately £3400-3600 per case, which is about the same as the release price. 2011 was a good vintage in Bordeaux rather than being spectacular. I have tasted the 2011 several times at the Chateau and during the ageing process. This wine will age well and be delicious in 10-15 years time. Whilst following the incredible 2010 vintage it might not be a classic it is certainly a very good quality wine for keeping.
Since 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild has invited artists to offer a piece of art to decorate the wine label. In fact in 1924 Baron Philippe de Rothschild invited Jean Carlu to design a label for the Chateau, but at that time the label was considered to 'avant garde'. Famous artists have been invited to design the label such as Dali, Balthus, John Huston, Chagall, Kandinsky, Warhol and Miro.
The original art work for the labels is now on display at the Chateau and with the re opened wine cellar (since June 2013) and the Museum of Art and Wine, it is certainly worth visiting and tasting at the Chateaux. The two other Pauillac wines in the Pauillac area owned by Baronness Philippine de Rothschild are also worth looking out for: Clerc Milon and d'Armailhac.
Bella Wine Tours regularly visits Chateau Mouton Rothschild.