The Château Mouton Rothschild has 84 hectares of vines in the
north-west of Bordeaux, on the edge of the Medoc peninsula itself, as
its name indicates, in medio aquae, caught in between the waters: in the
East the estuary of the Gironde, in the West the Atlantic Ocean. The
Médoc vineyard, which dates back to Roman times, currently has an area
of approximately 16,500 hectares. It is planted on a narrow strip of
land that mesures 80 km long and 5 to 10km wide, close to the river
which irrigates it in depth and moderates the differences in
temperature. Backed by the northern tip of the Landes forest, it enjoys
the mild ocean climate while being protected from its excesses.
Make Mouton a world of art and beauty: the ambition is there, everywhere visible.
early as the year 1924, Baron Philippe wanted to assert the role and
the responsibility of the owners of great wines in the face of the
omnipotence of the Bordeaux wine trade, practicing the integral bottling
at the château - whereas the wine had until then been delivered in
barrels to traders. This decision, which was soon adapted by every other
Château, required increased storage capacity on the spot and was
therefore at the origin of the construction in 1926, the spectacular
"Grand Chai" Mouton, designed by the architect Charles Siclis.
In the cellars
new Mouton Rothschild vat started an ambitious stage in the history of
the estate. Adding high technical quality to their vats, it remains
faithful at the same time to the architectural style and building
materials of the Medoc. About seventy meters long, it was built on two
levels connected by elegant metal pillars. It harmoniously combines wood
and steel, while conforming to the forty- four traditional
"moutonesque" oak vats, to which are added twenty stainless steel vats.
The gravity vat of high technical quality starts a new era in the
history of Mouton.
It is 100 meters long and 25 meters wide,
this avant-garde building can house up to 1000 oak barrels, aligned on
one level. It immediately captures the visitors attention with its
architectural splendor. "An avant-garde building, the Grand Chai
immediately captures the visitor with its architectural splendor." The
internal temperature is natural: the Grand Chai, oriented North-South,
is equipped with small windows allowing fresh air to enter, to
accelerate the precipitation of suspended sediments in the wine. After
six months in this Chai said "first year", the barrels are lowered in
the second year Chai, where the wine is still stored for one year before