One thing about Bordeaux. They know how to put on a show.
Chateau Mouton Rothschild hosted the dinner laid on by the Grands Crus Classés of 1855, held on the opening Sunday of Vinexpo, and luckily it was a fabulously sunny day. The occasion was made even smarter by the unveiling of their brand new cuverie, chai and cellars. Oh, how the other half live.
One imagines it will be quite difficult to book a tour of the cellars in the near future but you should go out of your way to do so if you’re coming to Bordeaux. Mouton is famous for featuring works from different artists each year on its label and the gallery of the labels is fascinating. For some reason, they didn’t like guests taking pictures there, so you’ll have to see it for yourself. Still, I managed to take some snaps.
Lucky enough to have shared a taxi with Gerard Basset MW OBE and David Biraud of Mandarin Hotels.
The new winery at Mouton
Plenty of assistants on hand
Oak fermentation tanks
The list of artists by vintage
Stainless steel fermentation tanks
Bottling machine behind the tables
Oz Clarke tastes the Sauternes on offer
Why the French do speeches before dinner, God knows.
The building reflected on the modern marquee.
Robert Joseph and Christy Canterbury MW
Charles Chevallier of Lafite surveys the opposition
Tim Atkin MW
A reminder of what was being served
Time to show off our houses
Christian Seely of Pichon taking snaps
Mouton 1975 in Imperials was served
The vertical presses
Mouton Technical Director Philiipe Dhalluin
Smart new tanks