The property in the 18th century, along with Lafite and Latour, of the “prince of vines”, the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, then the Barons de Brane, Château Mouton Rothschild took its present name after it was acquired by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, from the English branch of the famous dynasty, in 1853. For many years, despite the increasingly acknowledged quality of its wine, Mouton aroused little interest among its owners, unwilling to make the journey to a then-neglected region. So it was a red-letter day when, in 1922, Baron Nathaniel’s great grandson Baron Philippe de Rothschild, barely 20 years old, took in hand the destiny of an estate to which he would devote his entire life.
The Rothschilds, a famous European family, are well-known for their eminent role in finance, wine and philanthropy. In the late 18th century the founder of the dynasty, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, sent five of his sons to conquer the major capitals of Europe, where they created powerful financial institutions.
Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, wishing to serve his own wine to his prestigious guests, buys Château Brane-Mouton at auction. The estate, at Pauillac in the heart of the Médoc, will henceforth bear his name: Château Mouton Rothschild.
Baron James Edouard de Rothschild (1844-1881)
Baron Henri’s father.
Baron Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947)
A doctor and philanthropist, Baron Henri de Rothschild financed several hospitals as well as Pierre and Marie Curie’s research and successfully branched out into manufacturing. Passionately interested in the theatre, he wrote some twenty or so plays and built the Théâtre Pigalle in Paris.
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