Moulis or Moulis-en-Médoc (A.O.C.) Bordeaux Wine
The name of this commune is no doubt due to the many mills—both water and wind— once found on its land. Moulis is thus a corruption of the Latin words molinis and mold. If the name points to the fact that grain crops were grown here, it is also known that vines were planted by some landowners and by a significant religious community during the Middle Ages.
The vineyard spread and established its reputation along with those of neighboring wine-growing communities, especially during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Due to the complexity of its land, rigorously selected for its crucial influence on the quality of the wines, Moulis-en-Médoc brings together an exceptional collection of Médoc wines and crus.
More than ninety percent of the production comes from prestigious Crus Bourgeois, such as Chasse-Spleen, Pou-jeaux, Maucaillou, Anthonie, Moulin à Vent, and Brillette. In the annual ranking of the Coupe des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, a Moulis cru often comes first, second or third. Producers can equally use the terms “appellation Moulis contrôlée” or “appellation Moulis-en-Médoc contrôlée” on their labels, but in no way does the choice of term imply that one wine is of superior quality or flavor to another. Moulis and Moulis- en-Médoc wines display finesse, elegance, generosity, charm, and vigor.
Their ruby color is intense and deep, and their bouquet elegant, with complex and powerful nuances. Some specialists have said that the Moulis’ terroir is a remarkable concentration of the Médoc. The same can be said of its production. Wines that come from gravelly soils bring to mind the finesse of Margaux, and the power and complexity of Saint-Julien*. The more robust wines from clay-limestone soils evoke the nobility of Pauillac. They are ready to drink after eight or ten years; their tannin content allows them to continue to age gracefully.
Mouton Rothschild (Ch.) Bordeaux Wine Region
In 1853, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, of the English side of the famous family, bought the Château Brane-Mouton and baptised the castle Chateau Mouton- Rothschild. Despite the excellence of this Pauillac cru, no-one in the family took a real interest until 1922.
That year, the twenty-year-old Baron Philippe, seduced by the charm of the property and its surroundings, decided to make it his life’s work. In 1924, he initiated compulsory château bottling, which was practically unheard of at the time. In 1926, he added the famous, 100-metre- long Grand Chai, designed by the architect Charles Siclis.
In 1945, to celebrate the Liberation, Baron Philippe had the original idea of adding an appropriate drawing to the label of that vintage. It was a “V” for Victory and the first of a fascinating collection of original artworks created each year by famous painters, such as Chagall, Braque, Picasso,
Warhol, or Delvaux, for Mouton labels. In 1962 he inaugurated the Musée du Vin dans l’Art (Museum of Wine in Art), which brought together three millennia of precious objects relating to vines and wine. Mouton thus became a major tourist* attraction, with thousands of visitors each year.
In 1973, after a long After the death of Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1988, his daughter, Baroness Philippine, who had worked closely with her father for several years, took over the running of the vineyard. Since then she has devoted herself to increase continually the quality and fame of this great wine whose motto proudly pro-claims: “First I am, second I was, Mouton never changes.”