With the newly released 2010 vintage, American Jeff Koons is the latest to join the ranks of the exclusive group of artists whose work has graced the first wine of the iconic Pauillac First Growth, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.
Koons’ work features an ancient Pompeian odalisque fresco with a silver line drawing of a boat and sun superimposed—juxtaposing the classical with the contemporary. Could this juxtaposition be a reference to Mouton-Rothschild—an estate steeped in rich history yet continuously on the forefront of innovation?
Koons is one of the most prolific and successful American contemporary artists. His art has been exhibited in the world’s most prestigious museums and his steel and chromium ‘tulips’ sculpture recently sold at Christie’s for £21.2 million, creating a record for the highest price ever paid for a piece by a living artist.
The tradition of featuring a different artist for each year for the iconic Paulliac top growth began witht he release of the 1945 vintage in celebration of the Allies’ victory in WWII. Other artists who’s works have graced Mouton-Rothschild’s labels reads as a venreable list of the “who’s who” of 20th and 21st century including the likes of Picasso, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Andy Warhol.
Benefiting from an optimal amount of sunshine combined with a dry yet cool growing season, the 2010 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild vintage has been described as exceptional, spectacular and stunning. Its offers powerful tannins that are, at the same time, sleek and long in the mouth. The nose is marked by rich blackberry, red currant and plum aromas laced with notes of iron and apple wood– perfectly expressing the typicity of its exclusive Pauillac terroir.