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Mouton unveils Catalan artist label for 2012 vintage

Chateau Mouton Rothschild has revealed its 2012 vintage label created by Miquel Barcelo, the final artist commissioned by the late Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

The label depicts two rams on their hind legs, matching each other’s strength, against a hazy watercolour background of greens and blues.

Mouton Rothschild has commissioned an artist to design its grand vin label for every vintage since 1945, and the 2012 label was the final creation personally commissioned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who died in August this year.

Inspiration for its Bordeaux 2012 vintage label came from the two rams featured on the chateau’s own emblem, said Barcelo.

Born in Majorca in 1957, Miquel Barcelo has risen to prominence in the past two decades. His work was exhibited at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1996 and the city’s Louvre museum displayed his watercolours in 2004.

In 2008, he created and painted a dome roof worth an estimated €18m at the United Nations’ Palace of Nations in Geneva.

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild’s youngest son, Julien de Beaumarchais, is to take over from his mother in choosing the artists for Mouton Rothschild’s famous labels as of the 2014 vintage. De Beaumarchais, who studied art history, said he would make his decision ‘in consultation with the family’.

The move comes despite the Baroness’ other son, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, being named as president of the supervisory board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, following on from his mother.

Previous artists commissioned by Mouton Rothschild include Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. French artist Guy de Rougemont designed the 2011 vintage label, released last year.

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