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Mouton Rothschild: A story of labels.

Every year, since 1945, the illustration on the label is commissioned by an artist. The label can be a reference to a major historical event, or a tribute to the historic wine and its universe. Discover each label and their artists by clicking on the illustrations.

Mouton Rothschild 2019 Olafur Eliasson

Château Mouton Rothschild 2019

For the 2019 vintage, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild commissioned the Icelandic and Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, to decorate the bottle of the château's grand vin with a unique piece of art. To honour the exquisite 2019 vintage, Olafur Eliasson has chosen to represent, through Solar Iris of Mouton, the map of all the sunrises and sunsets that take place over an entire year at Château Mouton Rothschild. Each hour of daylight and night-time that contribute to the growing of the grapes, is portrayed as the signature of the vineyard. Through powerful symbols, the climatic conditions in which the wine grew during this vintage but also the intimate relationship between the wine and its location are depicted. The message conveyed celebrates the art of tasting; how crucial it is to connect with the local environment through the soil, the climate, the seasons and the light that dwells in that very place. Elevating this vintage to a celestial level, the château’s wine is seen through this symbolic eye-shaped oculus, combining the earth and the sky.

Mouton Rothschild 2018 XuBing

Château Mouton Rothschild 2018

To honour the 2018 vintage, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild commissioned the Chinese writer and artist, Xu Bing, to embellish the bottle of the château's grand vin with a unique piece of art. Fascinated by the illusory splendour of appearances, Xu Bing expresses his art through calligraphy. Through his Square World Calligraphy design, he showcases, at first glance, exquisite characters from the traditional Chinese alphabet, but following a close study of his work, one discovers letters derived from the Latin alphabet. Thanks to his creative voice and his love of words, the artist invents a unique style where words are entwined with the codes of traditional Chinese ideography. A poetic gesture of brotherhood, this work of art created for Mouton builds a bridge between two cultures. On this label, the beautiful Chinese calligraphy characters harmoniously blend with the two words "Mouton Rothschild".

Mouton Rothschild 2017 Annette Messager

Château Mouton Rothschild 2017

For the 2017 vintage, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild commissioned the French artist, Annette Messager, to adorn the bottle of the château's grand vin with a unique piece of art. Praised throughout the world for her talents as a graphic designer and visual artist, Annette Messager poeticises the mundane. Her work comprises objects, shapes and words from everyday life to which she gives a dreamlike quality, sometimes joyful, sometimes alarming, without ever losing sight of her feminist activism and voice. In Hallelujah, the work she created for Mouton, Annette Messager was inspired by the biblical world. Singing the praises of these elements through an array of colours and in both a realistic and symbolic style, she portrays two substances that often go hand in hand with one another: milk and wine.

Mouton Rothschild 2016 William Kentridge

Château Mouton Rothschild 2016

To design the label of the exceptional 2016 vintage, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild chose South African multidisciplinary artist William Kentridge, marking the first ever collaboration between Château Mouton Rothschild and an African artist. Having originally earned a strong international reputation with his series of short films entitled “9 Drawings for Projection,” Kentridge’s personal journey eventually led him to drawing, collage, painting and even opera… He defines his commitment to his art in the following terms: "I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain things. An art in which my optimism is kept in check and my nihilism at bay." For his work on the label for the 2016 vintage of Mouton Rothschild, entitled “The Triumphs of Bacchus,” Kentridge drew inspiration from the masterpieces of Titian and Matisse, and underlined the fact that a great wine, though a source of great pleasure, is also the product of a cultural tradition, which demands a certain respect and moderation.

Mouton Rothschild 2015 Gerhard Richter

Château Mouton Rothschild 2015

The label gracing the 2015 vintage is slightly different, influenced by the new generation in charge of the estate since the death of the Baroness, Philippine de Rothschild, in 2014. Entrusted to the German artist Gerhard Richter, this work (entitled "Flux") is actually a photograph illustrating an assembly of colors in motion. It refers to the blend of grape varieties that make up a great wine, complementing it and lending it the perfect balance. Born in 1932 in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), Richter first discovered artistic freedom during a trip to the West. Internationally recognized and awarded, his abstract works of art lie somewhere between photography and painting.

Mouton Rothschild 2014 David Hockney

Château Mouton Rothschild 2014

The year 2014 was marked by the passing of Baronne Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of the Mouton Rothschild estate since 1988. The label was a tribute to her, signed by her close personal friend David Hockney. Two glasses, one empty and the other filled, radiating light, which represents joy and astonishment. This piece tells the eternal miracle of the long awaited birth of a certain fine wine: Chateau Mouton Rothschild. David Hockney, born in 1937, masters many different painting techniques, from acrylics to the iPad, resting traditionally with painting people and objects using bright or contrasting colors.

Mouton Rothschild 2013 Lee Ufan

Château Mouton Rothschild 2013

The illustration of the 2013 vintage was signed by Lee Ufan, a Korean artist and philosopher born in 1936. Under the purple red shape, the richness of a fine wine is hidden. Much like how wines are brought to life by the patience and secrecy of a cellar’s fermenting room. Lee Ufan received a traditional education but was very open-minded. He has lived in Japan since 1956, and became a philosopher after studying at Nihon University, Tokyo. Lee has received several prestigious rewards, such as the UNESCO Prize in 2000, and has his pieces exhibited all around the world. Some of his exhibits can be found in MOMA, Guggenheim or Biennale, Venice.

Mouton Rothschild 2012 Miquel Barceló

Château Mouton Rothschild 2012

Miquel Barceló was hand-picked by Baronne Philippine de Rothschild as the artist of the 2012 Château Mouton Rothschild label. Barceló creates both a realistic and oneiric universe. With the vivid colors and several techniques and materials, the fresco creates a sense of relief. The artist is known for architectural works such as the interior of the Palma Cathedral in Spain and the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The historic emblem of the Mouton Rotshchild estate is two rams symmetrically disposed and facing each other. They remind us the importance of balance and harmony in a great wine, which is a gift from nature.

Mouton Rothschild 2011 Guy de Rougemont

Château Mouton Rothschild 2011

Guy de Rougemont, born in 1935, is a French sculptor and member of the Fine Arts Academy in France. His painting style uses warm and contrasted colors with geometrical shapes. He also contrasts the rigid structure of geometrical shapes with fluid weaving shapes and lines. The purpose is to point out, or assuage, the contrasting shadows and lights. His style is well-represented on the Mouton Rothschild 2011 label. A red-dark color, symbolizing the darkness of a wine cellar to the brightness of sunny vineyards, the work of Rougemont takes us on a journey through the different steps of producing a fine wine.

Mouton Rothschild 2010 Jeff Koons

Château Mouton Rothschild 2010

The 2010 vintage label was made by Jeff Koons, born in York, Pennsylvania 1955. He is an emblematic figure of modern arts. His work is based on Pop-Art and the “ready-made” style. His art is often discussed around the world, sometimes acclaimed, and sometimes argued. Jeff Koons is the creator of the Inflatable Rabbit. Recently, his work was exposed at Chateau de Versailles. In 2008, his Balloon Flower made him, for a moment, the world’s most expensive living artist. For this label, he revisits Antiquity with a fresco from Pompeii: Birth of Venus. As the fresco turns into a Venus with Vessel. The Vessel is both the cup which holds the ship which, under a bright sun, bears off into the distance with the most exquisite of wines.

Mouton Rothschild 2009 Anish Kapoor

Château Mouton Rothschild 2009

Anish Kapoor was the author of this 2009 label. Austere, flamboyant and deep, the gouache created for Mouton Rothschild 2009 expresses a fertile thrust of plant life. It shows the result of the encounter between matter and light. Kapoor was born in Mumbai in 1954. After settling in England in 1972, he studied at Hornsey College of Arts and Chelsea School of Arts. He gained notoriety very quickly due to his style using simple forms and bright colors. His work is everywhere on earth, from his massive Cloud Gate in Chicago or the Rockefeller Center in New York, and he is celebrated as a figure of contemporary art.

Mouton Rothschild 2006 Lucian Freud

Château Mouton Rothschild 2006

Born in Berlin, the famous painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is the grandson of the founder of psychanalysis. Studying at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and then Goldsmith’s College, London, Lucian won the 1951 Art Council prize for the Festival of Britain. His travelling exhibition from 1987-1988 confirmed his place as a contemporary figurative realist, in Paris, Berlin, London and Washington. In 2008, one of his works was sold for the highest price ever attained by a living artist. For the 2006 label, Lucian Freud chose an exotic transposition of the pleasure of drinking where the vine stock is transformed into a springing palm tree and the wine lover into...a zebra.

Mouton Rothschild 2005 Giuseppe Penone

Château Mouton Rothschild 2005

The 2005 label of Mouton Rothschild is a reference to the vine-grower's "green fingers", the vine leaves extend from the green hand. The hand is splayed, and will soon be grasping a glass of Mouton Rothschild. The author of this label is the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone (1947), one of the most original of our time. His attraction for shapes and colors from the vegetal and natural world is inherited from his father who was a farmer. He uses multiple techniques such as molding, rubbing or imprinting. Welcomed in the greatest museums around the world, Penone's work is in a constant state of evolution.

Mouton Rothschild 2003 Baron Nathaniel

Château Mouton Rothschild 2003

2003 was the 150th anniversary of Mouton's entry into the Rothschild's family, and has since belonged to the family for five generations. This label is dedicated to Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870), Baroness Philippine de Rothschild’s direct ancestor from the English branch of the family, who acquired the estate on May 11, 1853. Baron Nathaniel’s photograph is placed on a background, which is a close up of the estate’s deed of purchase. This document marked the beginning of a long love story between Rothschild's family and the great wines of Bordeaux.

Mouton Rothschild 2001 Robert Wilson

Château Mouton Rothschild 2001

A Waco, Texas native, Robert Wilson (1941) was interested in sculptures and architecture. He then went through diverse theatrical experiences before the famous performance of Deafman Glance which made him quite popular in Europe. His performing career was confirmed by several more theatrical works such as A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974). In addition to theatre, his creative genius is expressed in a myriad of fields: paintings, furniture, installations and of course, the theatre. For the 2001 label, Robert Wilson chose to represent Baroness Philippine de Rothschild in multiple colors schemes in which the green of the vine shoots and the gold of the sun harmonizes with the chromatic scale of the wine, from light red to deep purple.

Mouton Rothschild 2000

Château Mouton Rothschild 2000

For the year 2000, which celebrates the new millennium, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild did not commission a painter. In fact, the bottle itself is a collector’s item for this year. The glass is adorned with a treasure from the Museum of Wine in Art at Mouton: the little “Augsburg Ram”. The ram is the estate’s symbol and is in the family crest. The estate called the glass manufacturer B.S.N. for this special edition with a new technique of enameling in relief. A golden ring around the black foil mimics the design engraved on the ram’s collar and recalls the chased volutes of its body. As a proof of authenticity the Château Mouton Rothschild name is engraved in the base.

Mouton Rothschild 1999 Raymond Savignac

Château Mouton Rothschild 1999

The 1999 label is from Raymond Savignac (1907-2002), a gifted caricaturist. Representing the ram, the Mouton emblem, indulges us in the pleasure of wine-drinking and briskly dismisses the approaching millennium. He worked for advertisers, casting a humorous eye on the business world, also lending his talents to environmental and humanitarian causes. Raymond uses clean lines, vivid and contrasting colors, and goes straight to the point: a successful slogan. He received several distinctions such as the Grand Prix de l'Affiche, 1951 and also contributed to the image of many companies worldwide. Savignac is not the first poster art artist to have signed a Mouton Rothschild label: Jean Carlu created the first poster art label in 1924.

Mouton Rothschild 1998 Rufino Tamayo

Château Mouton Rothschild 1998

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico into a family of Zapotecan Indian origin, Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) is one of the most renowned Mexican artists of the 20th century. His art is inspired by the diversity of pre-Colombian art, abundant in rich colors and many shades of pastel. In his works, disturbing, even hallucinatory creatures seem to emanate all at once from an immemorial tradition and from the artist’s unconscious. Dividing his life and career between Mexico and the United States, Tamayo taught at Dalton School and then the Brooklyn Museum. Despite his disappearance in 1991 -his work was chosen for the 1998 vintage- Tamayo's family gave Mouton Rothschild "Brindis", a man proposing a toast, a striking allegory of raw desire.

Mouton Rothschild 1996 Gu Gan

Château Mouton Rothschild 1996

Gu Gan, born in 1942 in Changsha, was chosen for the 1996 label of Mouton Rothschild. During the cultural revolution in China, he was forced to work as a laborer in the printing industry. He was obligated to interrupt his art work until the fall of Mao and his regime in 1976. He is now the Chairman of the Association of Chinese Modern Painters and Calligraphers, and promoting the art and artists worldwide. Gu Gan has brought colors to calligraphy, which is an innovative approach, shaking off traditional restraints and the need for balance. For the 1996 label, Gu Gan designed five ideograms. Each ideogram represents the heart, varying the color and stroke of each. This piece, called "Heart to Heart" is intended as an act of faith in universal harmony.

Mouton Rothschild 1990 Francis Bacon

Château Mouton Rothschild 1990

Born in Dublin, Francis Bacon (1909-1992) claimed that he finally found his style in 1945 while working on "Three Studies of Figures at the Foot of Crucifixion". However, the artist was recognized as one of the greatest painters of the century in 1980. Rejecting his artistic recognition, Bacon exhibits naked flesh on flat painted backgrounds, with muscles contracting or stretching as if in a distorting mirror in his work. His painting style, dark and brutal, expresses angst towards the contemporary lifestyle. The artist once said "I have never been able to paint a smile". For the 1990 label of Mouton Rothschild, as a wine lover, Bacon created a wine-glass held by a mysterious distorted figure.

Mouton Rothschild 1989 Georg Baselitz

Château Mouton Rothschild 1989

The two upside-down rams on the Mouton Rothschild 1989 labels are associated with the shocking event of 1989: the demolition of the Berlin Wall. Around the heraldry are the words “Drüben sein jetzt hier” – “Over there is now over here” a new and reunited Germany. The artist, Hans Georg Kern Baselitz, born in Saxony in 1938 knew nothing about contemporary art until he left East Germany at the age of 20. Baselitz's style is provocative using images such as mutilated feet, distorted penises or frightening masks. "Upside-down" painting is a technique employed in all of his work, imposing a literal revolution on the way the public looks at the world.

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