As one of the five First Growths of the Bordeaux 1855 classification of the Medoc district, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild can pretty much stand on its own. Even with this unique distinction, Mouton-Rothschild has commissioned an artist every year since 1946 to design the label for their bottle – elevating the Chateau even higher in my mind.
Considering that I don’t have many (read: any) bottles of the stuff in my studio apartment, I’ve never had a chance to check out the labels all at once. So I tracked down a collection of each year’s labels, and some of my favorites are below.
1998 - Rufino Tamayo
1985 - Paul Delvaux
1984 - Yaacov Agam
1983 - Saul Steinberg
1975 - Andy Warhol
1970 - Marc Chagall
1999 - Raymond Savignac
Thomas Jefferson and Richard Nixon were supposedly fans of Chateau Margaux, but I like Mouton-Rothschild based on their artist program.
Word is that for their efforts, artists receive five cases of that particular vintage as well as a selection of five additional cases selected from the Cheateau’s cellar.
Sign me up for that deal.
Mark Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine
Andrea Immer’s Great Wine Made Simple
The Artist Labels