Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has been named the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the world’s largest wine and spirits trade fair in Bordeaux, France this week.
Described as "one of the most original and creative figures" in the wine world, Rothschild joins Robert Mondavi, Marchese Piero Antinori, and Jean-Michel Cazes as recipients of the award.
After inheriting her father Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s wine estates in 1988, the baroness is credited with modernizing facilities and diversifying its portfolio of products, including a Mouton Rothschild 'second' wine (a less expensive, younger wine) called Le Petit Mouton, and a premium white wine called Aile d’Argent, points out The Drinks Business, which co-sponsored the award along with the Institute of Masters of Wine.
“Through her steadfast devotion to quality and the long term health of a very diverse set of wineries, Baroness de Rothschild has succeeded where few have,” said Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine Jean-Michel Valette, chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine.
“Supervising the growth of a substantial business while maintaining the highest levels of image and prestige across multiple geographies is a rare and commendable achievement.”