Barons de Rothschild

BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD History 

The Rothschild family has long been involved in numerous wine projects around the world, including their namesake Bordeaux.

In 2005 the three branches of the Rothschild family have come together and given rise to a single ambition: combine the best terroirs with their know-how to create champagne Barons de Rothschild.

The three Rothschild cousins – Baron Benjamin, a Geneva banker who also owns Chateau Clarke, Baron Eric, owner of Chateau Lafite and several other estates and Baroness Philippine along with her son Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, owners of Chateau Mouton – wanted the champagnes to enter their heavy portfolio of wines and spotted the ideal place for the production in the Cave Vertus in Reims.

Thus, they created three champagnes cuvées: Barons de Rothschild Brut, Barons de Rothschild Blanc de BlancsandBarons de Rothschild Rosé.

Barons de Rothschild House

The Barons de Rothschild started the champagne production with the ambition to do the best quality champagne they can.

One of their important first steps was to locate adequate supply of quality grapes, especially Chardonnay, which is what they wanted for the primary base of their champagnes.

This was a bold choice for a new House, as Chardonnay is the most scarce and most expensive grape in Champagne.

They wanted to purchase their own vineyards, but they needed to find a sufficiently large vineyard – at least 10-15 acres – while they found some very small plots and they did not like the idea to have a collection of tiny plots scattered about.

Eventually, they discovered what they sought in the Côtes des Blanc region, and settled long term contracts with selected vignerons in the finest Grands and Premiers Crus areas.

They began selling their champagnes in 2009, selecting Japan as their initial market, as all three branches of the family had connections in this country.

After Japan, the Rothschilds began selling their champagnes in Switzerland and Belgium, both which proved very good markets.

They are continuing to expand their distribution and sell about 250,000 bottles annually. They are now trying to expand into the U.S..

As part of their plans, they have chosen to serve their champagne at all of their formal events and functions, worldwide, to stand behind their product.

Managing Director of the House is Frédéric Mairesse who has been previously Operations Director at LVMH, at Mumm et Perrier Joüet and at Pommery & Lanson.

The first Chef de Cave has been Jean-Philippe Moulin (former Chef de Cave of Ruinart) until 2015 when Guillaume Lete, Deputy Chef de Cave for several years, took over. 

Barons de Rothschild Style

The champagnes of Barons de Rothschild are quality wines, which can stand head next to comparable champagnes of the major Champagne Houses.

All the Barons de Rothschild cuvées include some of the best Chardonnays of Champagne, contributing to their elegant, light and refined style. They are matured all for at least four years in the cellars, for a richer expression.

The first champagnes produced were Barons de Rothschild Brut, Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs, and Barons de Rothschild Rosé. 

Their blends include about 40% of reserve wine and receive a low dosage of about 6-8 grams per liter to be more palatable but without hiding the expression of their terroirs

Barons de Rothschild Extra Brut was later added to the range. This champagne, with its very low dosage only 3 g/l is kept for further 9 to 12 months after disgorging, offering a balanced structure on the palate.

Finally, a Barons de Rothschild Vintage (2008, a great year in Champagne) was released, incarnating the elegance of an exceptional year for Chardonnay.

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