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Bordeaux Legend Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Dies at 80

August 25, 2014

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of Bordeaux first-growth Château Mouton-Rothschild and a monumental figure in the wine industry, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, following complications from surgery. She was 80.

Baroness Philippine took over the running of her family estates, which also include the châteaus Clerc-Milon and d’Armailhac, as well as the global success Mouton Cadet, following her father’s death in 1988. As chairwoman of Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., she steered both Mouton and the other properties to new qualitative heights and was one of Bordeaux’s most prominent figures. She also played a leading role at Opus One, the Napa Valley winery her father had started with vintner Robert Mondavi and his family.

“Philippine was a bright and enduring star,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “The whole world of wine will miss her.” Wine Spectator has the full story.

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