Sunday, October 30, 2016

Chateau Mouton Rothschild First Growth Wine Crate

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is arguably the most prestigious of all the First Growth vineyards, It's definitely the most famous among collectors due to name recognition and popularity at auction.

The Mouton wooden wine crate has a rare format. Since the 2000 vintage, every one was made oversized by a few inches. This makes quite a difference because most wine crates from Bordeaux are about the same size.

Traditional Bordeaux Format: 19 1/2" L X 13" W X 7" H

Vintage 2000+ Mouton Wine Crates: 22" L X 14" W X 7 1/2" H

This presents a bit of a problem for storage as most wine cellar cubbies designed for wine crates are generally to match the traditional format. Unless the cellar build has some wiggle-room on the cubby holes, your Mouton Rothschild wine crates will be stacked either on the floor or on top of the racks.

The crates are also quite a bit heavier than the traditionals by about 3 pounds which is significant. This is because of the overall construction. The sides, base and lid are about a quarter-inch thicker. It's a very sturdy piece.

Besides the size and weight of each crate, what distinguishes a Mouton Rothschild from any other is the artwork. Every few years the vineyard commissions a different and famous French artist to re-design the ram logo to introduce the vintage. The look of each of these new re-designs is subtle but tastefully unique from the others.

As far as rarity they're very difficult to acquire because so few are made.

Little known fact: Only half of all Bordeaux wines are exported outside of France. The other half is distributed throughout the world. Mouton Rothschild creates around 12,000 cases every year, so this means only 6,000 are available to everyone else! Mouton Rothschild wine crates are, in all literal terms, a 1 in a million item.

We do however have a few available if your interested. Give me a call or e-mail to buy one for yourself while we still have them in stock!


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