Château Mouton Rothschild has revealed its latest vintage label; a design by English artist David Hockney for its 2014 grand vin.

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David Hockney has illustrated the label for the 2014 Château Mouton Rothschild.

Hockney, who was a close friend of longtime Mouton owner Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, has paid tribute to her by using the words ‘In tribute to Philippine’ both above and below the image of two wine glasses.

One glass is full and one empty. The estate said that this symbolised the ‘constantly renewed miracle of the birth of a great wine’.

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The full Mouton 2014 label designed by David Hockney.

Hockney, born in 1937, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists and recently completed an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London.

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David Hockney in Los Angeles in March 2016. Credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima.

He becomes the fifth British artist to grace a Mouton label, following Lucien Freud in 2006, Prince Charles in 2004, Francis Bacon in 1990 and Henry Moore in 1964.

The 1977 label was a tribute to HRH the Queen Mother, who stayed at the château in that year.

Some of the world’s best loved artists have illustrated the château’s vintages since Mouton made it an annual tradition in 1945.

The estate’s association with artists began in 1924, when Jean Carlu was asked by Baron Philippe de Rothschild for a special label to mark the first vintage bottled entirely at the château. His daughter Baroness Philippine ran the Pauillac First Growth from 1988 until her death in August 2014.

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