A.O.C. Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Mouton Rothschild has been under the Barons de Rothschild ownership for over 100 years, and it was the unremitting efforts of the flamboyant Baron Philippe de Rothschild that resulted in the Mouton’s historical upgrade to premier Grand Cru status in 1973 – the only change ever made to the Bordeaux classification of 1855.
Prior to the original classification, Mouton’s wine labels declared, Premier ne puis, Second ne daigne, Mouton suis (‘First I cannot be, Second I do not deign to be, I am Mouton’). After the upgrade, the motto was changed to Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change (‘First I am, second I was, Mouton does not change’). Unashamedly gregarious and glamorous Mouton is not your typical first growth.