It all started in 1853……..! Wait, another history lesson? 😤😤
I heard you there! Well, I was an average student in history class so I will leave that to google – my best history teacher. I am here for the fun part, and most importantly what you get from 60 Euros and 2.3 hours? Sounds practical?
Is it money well spent?/ 期望于失望
People say I am picky. Maybe I am a little bit so unlike other articles i start with thQe things you will find dislike first.
If this is your first time to visit the “first growth chateau” in Bordeaux like me, i am sure the first thing you will expect is to taste some of the ancient wine at some secret underground or at least what so called “barrel tasting”. Well, you will be disappointed! We were given a bottle of 2012 vintage (I was so hoping to taste my birth vintage 😭😭) of Chateau Mouton at a tasting room, the bottle is around HKD4000 market price and it was just 1 glass of 30ml for the tasting, so you do the math.
The second thing you will expect is to walk around the vineyard 😍😍 and take a fresh bite of some best known Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the world. Unfortunately you are not allowed to do so at least at the time I visited. Though i did take some pics from far away🤷♂️🤦♂️ !
The real beauty / 木桶真實的美
Now you know what you are not gonna get. Let us leave the negative behind us, and I am gonna show you what really makes Chateau Mouton great. It will not be the 1983 vintage tasting that lasts in my memory forever, it will be the beauty inside the chateau and the story that makes people fall in love with the place 🧡🧡. And trust me it is worth so much more than 60 Euros.
Art work / 藝術殿堂
If you know a bit of the background, you will know Chateau Mouton is the first chateau who bottles its wine in the chateau, not the others! So later everyone follows the same operation! It is the famous Baron Philippe who frighted all the years to finally make its chateau clime the ladder to become 1 of 5 first growth together with Chateau lafite, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateua Petrus! He loves art and over the years he collected so many arts, which we are allowed to discover. Unfortunately, photography is forbidden, but if you are an art lover it is such a treat!
The love of art of Baron Philippe himself can be seen from the labels on the bottles as each year they work together with one of the famous artists to design a beautiful label, including Miró, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Tàpies, Francis Bacon, Dali, Balthus, Jeff Koons and even Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales!
The labels idea was first launched in 1945, as you walk pass by the original pieces you feel like you went back time and images are just floating in your mind. It is just amazing experience.
The end / 結束
Well, all story has to come to an end and it is up to you to discover more about this beautiful paradise because you don’t want to spoil the movie before you have the chance to see yourself.
The wine, the history, the art, the place, the people, you put them together that makes this place great. So does it worth the visit, definitely yes. Does the wine worth HKD4000, it is up to you to decide!