A one-of-a-kind collection of 59 wines from the Mouton Rothschild Artist collection

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    In the 1920s, it wasn’t common for wine bottles to sport flamboyant design labels, what more featuring different pieces of artwork each year. After all, wineries prided themselves on their heritage, and emblems, if not family crests, usually marked the face of the labels.

    Chateau Mouton Rothschild however, took a bold step forward in 1924, collaborating with poster artist Jean Carlu — an artist known for his work despite the loss of his right arm in a tragic road accident — to design its wine label. And even with its success, the brand waited until 1945 before establishing the tradition of having famous artists design its wine labels each year. Artists to have ‘graced’ the wine labels and made their marks include Salvador Dali, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Hans Erni.

    One lucky Robb Report reader will now have the chance to purchase the Mouton Rothschild Artist collection. The collection includes a bottle of the first artist initiative by Carlu, and one bottle each of the vintages from 1945 to 2000. Two highlights of the collection though, are the years 1978 and 1993, for which two bottles are included. Jean Paul Riopelle designed two labels for the former year, while Balthasar Klossowski de Rola designed two different labels (French and American) for the latter year.

    Of the 59 bottles in the collection, 16 have been autographed by the respective artists and designers, out of which nine also bear the personal hand-drawings of them on the reverse side of the bottles.

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