PScottish-born British artist Peter Doig created an original artwork depicting the label of Château Mouton Rothschild’s 2020 vintage this year. For this work, the artist combines echoes of Cézanne and Van Gogh with a personal dream dream about the night birth of a great wine. The artist wanted to create a painting celebrating the cultivation of grapes and its harvest, depicting figures working in the vineyards. Peter Doig wanted to refer to artists who had already represented workers in vineyards or fields, such as Millet, Van Gogh and Bacon. In particular, the guitarist is a tribute to Cézanne’s agricultural workers and Van Gogh’s farmer.
For the artist: “This piece shows a bit of what goes on behind the scenes of wine production. This is a kind of ode to the workers, to all those involved in the various stages of wine production up to the final bottling. It’s a dream full of romance, as if someone spontaneously decided to sing in the vineyards. This is a moment of poetry where you can take your time. It is neither truly day nor truly night, but rather an interval between waking and sleeping. It is possible to see a journey to the world of grape products, a dream journey. »
Based between London and Trinidad, Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959. He grew up in Trinidad and Canada before settling down to study art at St Martins School of Art in London and then Chelsea School of Art. He uses a variety of photographic sources to compose his paintings. Based on the work of the material – textural games, pure and mixed colors, solarization effects, halo, wandering corrections, his works avoid unambiguous reading. Landscapes are drowned in night or halos of light and fog, fluttering snowflakes or stars, labyrinths of branches, reflections in water. Peter Doig describes atmospheres, contexts that express his wonder and bewilderment.
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Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, co-owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, who is responsible for the estate’s artistic and cultural activities, explains: “We wanted an artist who used canvas and figurative material to express figurative themes. Prominent colorist Peter Doig focused solely on his discipline as an artist, becoming one of the most celebrated of his generation and exhibiting in museums around the world. His technique and universe have something very unique in modern pictorial creation. His subjects are extremely diverse. His tableau defies any classification. He succeeded in creating his unique world. »
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art and etiquette
To celebrate the first bottling at the palace in 1924, Baron Philippe de Rothschild (father of Baroness Philippe, who ran Mouton Rothschild until 2014, the year of his death), asked the famous poster artist Jean Carlo to create the Mouton label. This initiative is very early, it has no future. In 1945, Baron Philippe decided to crown his vintage label with a “V” for the victory, painted by the young artist Philippe Jullian. Since then, each year, a different artist is invited to create a label for the latest vintage. Baron Philippe’s personal friends Jean Hugo, Leonor Fini, Jean Cocteau were the first to apply. Since 1981, at the initiative of the baroness of the Philippines, this collection has led to the creation of a traveling exhibition called “Mouton Rothschild, Art and Etiquette”. It was first adopted by many museums around the world and now resides in Mouton itself, in rooms created for this purpose by the Baroness of the Philippines in 2013, between Cuvier and the Museum of Wine in Art. The choice of artist now rests with the Baroness Filipina’s three children: Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild.
Château Mouton Rothschild, the best class of the Médoc, has 84 hectares of vineyards in Pauillac planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (16%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%).
Tasting of the 2020 vintage. Harvest from September 7th to 24th, quite a long wine, all with finesse. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.
18 – Red fruits, attractive first nose, blackberry, blueberry, full, flat mouth, coated tannins, long, full, straight, lifted, spicy, intense, very fresh finish.