Labels of Chateau Mouton Rothschild
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|No producer in the world captures the imagination or attention of wine collectors more than Mouton Rothschild with their annual artist series of labels. Each year a renowned artist is commissioned to do the artwork for that vintage. The featured artist is said to be paid ten cases of various vintages of the classic Chateau Mouton Rothschild for their work. Every collector dreams of collecting a 'vertical' of Mouton to display the artwork of Mouton. Labels have been produced by the world's most famous contemporary artists, Chagall (1970), Dali (1958), Picasso (1973), Miro (1969), Andy Warhol (1975), as well as other luminaries such as Prince Charles (2004) and Hollywood director John Huston (1982). Many other producers have established artist series, but there is only one Mouton Rothschild.|
|In 1945, Baron Philippe de Rothschild conceived the original idea of crowning the Mouton label with a work of art created for this purpose by famous artists: These have included paintings by Miró, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Warhol, Bacon, Balthus, amongst others. Only 4 vintages have not had Artist's labels: 1953 which celebrated the initial purchase of the Mouton property, 1977 when the Queen Mother stayed at Mouton and the Baron dedicated that year's vintage to her, 2000 where the label is enameled in gold with a reproduction of Jakob Schenauer's Augsburg Ram (below), and 2003 which is devoted to Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild depicted in a period photograph celebrating the 150th anniversary of 1853 acquisition of the Mouton estate by the family (below). |
|Alpha Listing of Mouton Rothschild Label Artists|
Chronological list of Mouton Rothschild artists with links to Wikipedia profiles.
Also see other artwork by Mouton Rothschild selected artists.
|Mouton Rothschild Label Library|
|2011 ||Artist Guy de Rougemont |
|The 2011 label features brightly colored "sinuous, random" undulating shapes, in a style attributable to French artist Guy de Rougemont. Chateau 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."|
According to Chateau owner Baroness de Rothschild, ‘Guy de Rougemont is an old friend of mine. We first met when I was 18 years old, and I have followed his career ever since.’
De Rougemont is known for huge frescoes in public places including the forecourt of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. He also has produced sculptures and modern geometric-shaped furniture.
|2010||Artist Jeff Koons|
|The 2010 label was designed by Jeff Koons, Pennsylvania-born sculptor known for his reproductions of objects like giant, shiny balloon dog sculptures made out of colored stainless steel. Influenced by both Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, his design mixes classical with contemporary and a hint of whimsical humor - a ancient Pompeii fresco of 'The Birth of Venus' with a silver line drawing of a ship sailing under a bright sun.|
A former commodities broker, Koons was at one point the world’s most expensive living artist. In 1997, his work Puppy, a giant dog covered in bright flowers, was installed at the entrance to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. In 2008, 17 of his works were featured in an exhibition at the Château de Versailles.
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|2009 ||Artist Anish Kapoor|
Mouton Rothschild has unveiled the label for its 2009 vintage - a design by British artist Anish Kapoor was selected to design the label for Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009 vintage release.
The dramatic label features contrasts of brilliant red against black, described by the chateau as "at once austere and flamboyant, the gouache he has created for Mouton Rothschild 2009 expresses the fertile thrust of plant life, the result of an intense encounter between matter and light."
Kapoor, a sculptor, painter and visual artist is a British citizen of Indian origin. He was was born in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1954 and settled in England in 1972. His recent works include the giant
|sculpture, "Orbit", that towers over London's Olympic park. |
The pre-release Mouton 2009 vintage has received top scores in the high 90s from all of the leading reviewers.
|2008||Artist Xu Lei|
Chinese Artist Xu Lei has designed the label for the 2008 vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, a sign of the growing importance of the Chinese wine market.
Lei has restyled the traditional Mouton emblem with an ink drawing which shows the famous ram standing between two halves of the moon.
As soon as rumors circulated in late 2009 that a Chinese artist would design the prestigious Mouton label, the Chinese market responded. Prices immediately shot upwards from the starting base of £1800 per case to £2200, and now prices are at least £6,000 per case.
The news comes hot on the heels of a Chinese led surge for Chateau Lafite Rothschild after it was announced a few weeks ago that all bottles and magnums of the 2008 vintage would feature a neck engraving of the Chinese symbol for the figure eight. Prices for 2008 Lafite likewise soared and it’s now changing hands at £10,000 per case.
Lei is a graduate from the Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts and artistic director of Beijing’s Today Art Museum.
For its 2008 vintage, Mr. Xu has drawn a ram, Mouton Rothschild’s emblem, perched on a rock, the winery revealed yesterday.
Mr. Xu is the second Chinese artist chosen by Mouton Rothschild — the 1996 label was designed by Gu Gan, who is best known for his calligraphic painting. This time around, the choice of Mr. Xu comes as the swelling ranks of wealthy Chinese wine buyers are imposing themselves on the global wine market. Hong Kong is now the largest wine auction center in the world by dollar sales, surpassing New York and London — and Mouton Rothschild’s move follows a similar recent announcement from one of its main Bordeaux-producing rivals.
Just a few weeks ago, Château Lafite unveiled the bottle design for its 2008 vintage, revealing that it would have an embossed Chinese character “8,” a particularly auspicious figure in Chinese tradition. In the days following its announcement, Lafite — which is widely considered to be the favorite wine of rich Chinese buyers, and which entered into a joint venture with a Chinese winemaker earlier this year — saw the price of the yet-to-be-delivered bottles of 2008 vintage jump 17% in just 48 hours, according to Liv-ex, an online fine-wine exchange.
Prices have continued to rise since, according to Adam Bilbey, direct sales manager at fine-wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd in Hong Kong, to an overall 40% increase since the day of the announcement.
Mouton Rothschild’s announcement was somewhat expected. Wine website Decanter.com reported in September 2009 that the winery would choose a Chinese artist to design the label for its 2008 vintage.
|The 2007 label was designed by French sculptor Bernar Venet. Philippine de Rothschild, owner of Mouton, chose a painting by Bernar Venet for the 2007 vintage. Venet is well known for his monumental sculptures made of steel bars. |
|2006 ||Lucian Freud|
| ||MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year since 1945, a great artist has created an original artwork for the Chateau Mouton Rothschild label. Today, at a press luncheon that also previews the opening of MOUTON ROTHSCHILD - PAINTINGS FOR THE LABELS at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of Mouton, announced that she has given the commission for the 2006 vintage to the British painter Lucian Freud, born in 1922, a universally acknowledged master of contemporary portraiture. Last year, one of his works was sold for the highest price ever attained by a living artist. Far from the tormented portraits and nudes for which he is renowned, for Mouton 2006 Lucian Freud has chosen a joyously exotic transposition of the pleasure of drinking, in which the vinestock is transformed into a springing palm tree and the wine lover into a happily anticipatory zebra.|
|For the highly anticipated 2005 vintage, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has decided to entrust the label art to Italian sculptor Guiseppe Penone. According to the artist, his Mouton 2005 label is designed to represent the growth of the vine leaf and, at the same time, the splayed hand of the drinker, soon to grab a glass of Mouton.|
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|2004 ||HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES|
|Each year since 1945 the Mouton label has been illustrated with an original artwork by a contemporary artist. Generally on the theme of wine and the vine, it sometimes celebrates an historic event. Indeed 2004 occupies a special place in Mouton memories since it marks the Centenary of the Entente Cordiale, concluded by Britain and France on 8 April 1904. King Edward VII is known to have played a prominent part in the agreement, which would herald a genuine alliance during the First World War and forever transform two rival powers into sisters by choice.|
The commemoration of such an important milestone in Franco-British relations was the occasion for many celebrations in 2004, culminating in official visits by both Heads of State. That is the spirit in which Baroness Philippine de Rothschild approached HRH
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|The Prince of Wales, a talented artist and a direct descendant of Edward VII. The Prince agreed that the label for Mouton Rothschild 2004 could be illustrated with one of his watercolors, inspired by a French landscape, in celebration of the Entente Cordiale. He has added in his own hand: "To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Entente Cordiale – Charles, 2004".|
|2003|| A 150TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE|
|It is well-known that each year since 1945 a great painter has illustrated the Château Mouton Rothschild label. The 2003 vintage is an exception, however, marking the 150th anniversary of Mouton's entry into the family to which it has since belonged without interruption for five generations. |
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has therefore decided to depart from tradition by devoting the entire label to Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870), her direct ancestor from the English branch of the family who acquired the Mouton estate on 11 May 1853. Baron Nathaniel is depicted on the label in a period photograph.
The background shows part of the deed of sale. This document, carefully preserved in the Mouton archives, marks the beginning of a long love story between the Rothschild's and the great wines of Bordeaux.
|Mouton Rothschild Reveals 2002 Label|
Château Mouton-Rothchild has released its artist's label for its 2002 vintage. The 2002 label by Ilya Kabakov, a Russian-born artist who has emigrated to the USA. Kabakov titled his drawing Okho, the Russian word for window. The Pauillac estate said, 'Behind the "pane" of the bottle, the artist shows us another world: whirling to infinity, a myriad wings trace its outlines, at the same time bearing us off joyfully towards the realm of dreams and bliss, in a transparent allegory of the magic of a great wine.' As is the tradition at Mouton-Rothschild, Ilya Kabakov will be reimbursed with several cases of the 2002 Grand Vin.
|Mouton Rothschild Reveals 2001 Label - |
08 Jan 2004
Château Mouton-Rothchild has released its artist's label for its 2001 vintage. The 2001 label by American artist Robert Wilson features a dyptich-style douple print of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of the estate. According to a press release, Wilson chose to set the baroness "in a symphony of colours in which the green vine shoots and the gold of the sun harmonise with the chromatic scale of the wine, from light red to deep purple." The Baroness chose an American artist in order to express her solidarity with the American people after the terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center on 9/11. As is the tradition at Mouton-Rothschild, Robert Wilson will be reimbursed with several cases of the 2001 Grand Vin.
|2000||For the first time since 1945, when Château Mouton-Rothschild began commissioning leading artists to create special labels for the vintage releases, the exceptional 2000 vintage is in a decorated bottle, sans label. |
Unveiled at the Vinexpos Americas trade show in New York in October 2002, the 2000 release bottle design features a reproduction of the "Augsburg Ram," a silver-gilt drinking vessel created circa 1590 by Jakob Schenauer, a German master metalsmith. The original work is in the château's Museum of Wine in Art. Enameled in gold on the glass by Glassmaker B.S.N. who developed a new technique for enameling in relief in order to capture the look of the original work.
The ram, Mouton's symbol, has previously appeared on labels, initially on the first artist label, an art deco version created by the poster artist Jean Carlu for the 1924 vintage, then agin on the image created by poster artist Raymond Savignac for the 1999 vintage.
The 2000 bottle carries the Mouton name and coat of arms, the vintage and the signature of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, all in gold. Each bottle has the Château Mouton-Rothschild name engraved in this base as proof of authenticity.
Renowned poster artist Raymond Savignac created the artist's label for the 1999 vintage, featuring a colorful and light-hearted portrait of the Mouton ram.
Savignac, 93 in 2001, rose to prominence in 1949 with the success of his "Monsavon Cow" poster, an advertisement for a milk-soap product. Showcasing his levity and whimsical humor, Savignac began his memoirs with the declaration 'I was born at the age of 41 from the udder of the Monsavon cow.' Savignac was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Affiche in 1951. He has designed art for companies such as Air France, Bic, and Pepsi.
December, 2000 - The work of late Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo adorns the 1998 vintage label, a depiction of a man toasting with a wineglass under a glaring sun.
Tamayo, whose work was influenced by pre-Columbian art, drew inspiration for his works from the lives of the indigenous people in his hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico. While many of his contemporaries, such as Diego Rivero, featured struggle and revolution, Tamayo preferred to focus on daily activities and pleasures, such as the man toasting with a wineglass under the glaring sun depicted on the label.
Tamayo died in 1991, a year after agreeing to Baroness Philippine de Rothschild's request to paint an original work for the Mouton label. Unfortunately, he never fulfilled his promise, but his family contributed an earlier work of his, El Brindis, in his honor.
|Previous Mouton Rothschild Vintages/Labels|
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Niky De Saint-Phalle
|1995 - -2-|
|1993 - blank label (original Balthus label was banned in the US)||1992 |
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| ||1981 |
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Hans Hartung -
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| ||1977 |
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|1970 - 1|
|1968 - 1-2|
|1967 -1-2 |
|1960 -1 - 2 |
|1956 - 2|
|1955 - 2|
100th Anniversary Mouton
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|1948 - 1 - |
| ||1945 |
|1929||1928||1926||1926 - 1 - 2 |
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