Barons de Rothschild Champagne House
Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA is a joint-stock corporation of which Philippe Sereys de Rothschild is the Chairman and CEO. It has two distinct lines of business, the Estates and branded wines, united under a single management in the same pursuit of excellence.
The company manages three classified growths in the Pauillac appellation, including the illustrious Château Mouton Rothschild. It also produces and sells a range of high-quality branded wines which it sources from various partner growers then blends, matures and bottles itself, foremost among them the famous Mouton Cadet.
In the late 18th century, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a merchant in the Frankfurt ghetto, had five sons. In 1789, after initiating them into the art of business, he decided to send four of them to the four major European capitals of the time: Salomon to Vienna, Nathaniel to London, Carl to Naples and James to Paris, Amschel Junior remaining at his father’s side in Frankfurt. The Rothschild myth was ready to take wing. Coming from a close-knit family, the Rothschild brothers remained in constant touch and pioneered the art of exchanging information faster and more effectively than anyone else.
Baron Nathaniel, one of the sons of Baron Nathan, from the English branch of the family, decided to settle in Paris. Wishing to serve his own wine to his illustrious guests, in 1853 he bought Château Brane Mouton at Pauillac, in the heart of the Médoc, at auction. Baron Nathaniel decided to bestow his own name on his newly acquired estate, calling it Château Mouton Rothschild. After his death in 1870, the estate passed to his son, Baron James, and then his grandson, Baron Henri.
In 1922, the 20-year-old Philippe de Rothschild, youngest son of Baron Henri and great-grandson of Baron Nathaniel, took the destiny of the estate in hand. Two years later he imposed a revolution, insisting that his wine, hitherto delivered to Bordeaux wine merchants in barrels, should be bottled at the château. The same year, in another innovation, Baron Philippe asked the poster artist Jean Carlu to illustrate the label for the vintage. During a reign which spanned more than 60 years, his decisions would profoundly change the world of wine, raise the image of the family château to unparalleled heights and considerably increase the range and geographical scope of its activities.
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild’s involvement in the family company began in 1981 when she created the travelling exhibition Mouton Rothschild – Paintings for the Labels. On the death of her father, Baron Philippe, in 1988, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, his only child, inherited a treasure shared with her three children, Camille, Philippe and Julien. Continuing her father’s work, she presides over the destiny of a company which she has worked hard to preserve, modernise and expand until her death on August the 22nd 2014.
In 1990, the family company officially took the name Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, having previously been known by its successive trading names, La Bergerie then La Baronnie.
Having brilliantly enhanced the lustre of the family company and estates, Baroness Philippine left Mouton magnificently enlarged and modernised. Now her three children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, co-owners of the Château, are likewise perpetuating their mother’s dedication to excellence. United in the same ambition, Camille and Julien work closely with Philippe, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, which continues to manage the illustrious First Growth with accustomed success.
Barons de Rothschild Champagne House
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. "Accomplishing through great achievements", such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
With the values of excellence, good taste and conviviality, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House, which head office has been located in Reims since 2007, near illustrous estates in the Champagne wine region, unveils cuvées which unique style harmoniously combines finesse, balance and purity.