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The 2006 wine label designed by British artist Lucian Freud. (Chateau Mouton Rothschild/Associated Press)

The 2006 wine label designed by British artist Lucian Freud. (Chateau Mouton Rothschild/Associated Press)

Lucien Freud is joining the collection of artists who have designed labels for Mouton Rothschild. Here’s a full report from Canadian site <link> which tells readers in the Miami area that…

“A selection of the labels and the original artworks commissioned for them since 1945 are on display at the Miami Beach museum through March 8.”

You have two days to get there!

The report goes on…

“the chateau has commissioned work from a contemporary artist for each new vintage.

Many of the early labels were commissioned from Philippe’s artist friends. Later, luminaries such as Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Francis Bacon contributed paintings.

Freud’s label for the 2006 vintage — an image of a happy zebra head and a potted palm tree — playfully echoes similar elements from his 1944 painting The Painter’s Room.

Of course, the red-and-yellow zebra is happy. Freud, like all the artists before him, gets cases of “his” vintage of Mouton Rothschild in lieu of a fee.”

My previous post on this wonderful series of labels (and wines)<link>

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The Daily Mail reports here <link> about a diner who was prepared to pay £18,000 for a bottle of 1961 Petrus only to send it back as a fake!

“… the customer refused to touch it because the cork was not stamped with the standard mark of provenance proving where and when it was made. Zafferano’s general manager Enzo Cassini admitted it was an awkward and unprecedented situation.

“Yes, the customer was cross. He had a problem because when he saw that there was no mark on the cork he didn’t want to drink it any more. He said: ‘this could be a fake.’”

Turns out the punter was probably right. The article goes on to explain that Corney & Barrow, who are agents for Petrus in the UK, sent their MD around to verify the bottle. Although there was no evidence the bottle was a fake, Mr Brett-Smith (the MD) was unable to provide a definitive answer. The company said: “What we told the restaurant and later confirmed in writing is that it is impossible to confirm 100 per cent the authenticity of a wine pre-1964.”

The Daily Mail go on to report that “Corney & Barrow now insist that every empty bottle of Pétrus is destroyed after the contents have been drunk to stop it being refilled with an inferior, fraudulent wine.”

and then… 

“After calming down the customer ordered an alternative — a magnum of Mouton Rothschild 1945 at £20,000. This time it got drunk. “

Seems this customer was determined to spend some serious money on a bottle of wine. I think this photo is about as close as I’m going to get to an £18,000 bottle of wine.


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“With the Liberation of France, to celebrate the return of the peace and to mark a new beginning, Baron Philippe conceived the idea of dedicating the vintage of 1945, one of the greatest of the century, to ‘Année de la Victoire, the year of the Victory. He commissioned the young painter Philippe Jullian to produce a graphic design based on the “V” sign made famous by Winston Churchill during the war.

That exception became the rule, and from 1946 on a contemporary artist was commissioned every year to create an original work to illustrate the label.”

This site collects all the designs into one place <link>. Nice work.

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