The funds of the auction will go to restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire damage, please read more on my last post for Sotheby’s.
On April the 17th. I had the honor to be part of a tasting ceremony, before the actual auction began. Many key people in the fine wine industry gathered in the auction room at Sotheby’s.
Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and his siblings Camille and Julien Beaumarchais de Rothschild, Catherine Pégard flew from France to celebrate this important event.
The Directors of Sotheby’s Wine invited the guests present for the auction, a glass of wine Château Mouton Rothschild of the 2003 Vintage…and...this is how I felt, the moment I met Serena Sutcliffe M.W. in person; “I achieved one of my goals I have set for this year!”. Due to privacy of the people present in the room, photography or videos are not allowed during these events, so I am tracing my memory into my blog. It was a bonus to see key members of Sotheby’s and certainly a dream bonus to see the Rothschild family and Catherine Pégard in person.
Besides being a highly respected fine wine, how does Château Mouton Rothschild distinguished itself from its competitors?
Answer: from its labels. The first label was designed by Jean Carlu for the first vintage 1924, but who made the labels, one of the key elements for their bottles? Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1933-2014), mother of Phillipe, Camille and Julien. Although famous artists (French or International) have been illustrating the wine label every year since 1945 (this particular with “V” for Victory, end of Word War II), the Baroness created the traveling exhibition “Mouton Rothschild, Paintings for the Labels”, which brought the original artworks created by the painters for the Mouton labels to a worldwide audience.
Catherine Pégard is the President of Château Versailles. She is involved for the restoration for the entire palace. A note that I would like to add; “team Versailles”, beside of the fund donation for the Notre Dame catastrophe, was actively working on halting the spread of fire to the Northern section of the cathedral. Tweet from PompiersVersailles.
I thank the Press Department of Sotheby's for the photography and material for my blog and for the invite for this unique opportunity.
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