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Baroness Philippine de Rothschild receives Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

          Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Masters of Wine and international trade publication The Drinks Business.
          The award, which recognises a life-long commitment to wine excellence, has previously been presented to Robert Mondavi (2005), Marchese Piero Antinori (2007), and Jean-Michel Cazes (2011).

          The citation on the certificate reads:
          “Nominated by a panel of prominent wine industry professionals and members of the Institute of Masters of Wine, this award recognises an outstanding and inspirational figure in the world of wine whose enduring contribution spans a whole career.”
          Baroness Philippine de Rothschild is Chairman of the Supervisory Board and majority shareholder of the family company, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and as such sits at the head of a global company selling over 22 million bottles of wine a year. With her children, she is also the owner of three great Châteaux at Pauillac in the Médoc: Château Mouton Rothschild, Premier Cru Classé, Château d'Armailhac and Château Clerc Milon. 
          Since the death of her father, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, in 1988 she has modernised the facilities of the family company and extended its product range to include a Mouton Rothschild second wine, Le Petit Mouton, and a premium white wine, Aile d'Argent. She has also successfully established Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA in several major winegrowing regions in France and abroad, notably in California and in Chile.
          Baroness Philippine de Rothschild is a well-known figure in the wine world, and has been honoured by her native France as an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur as well as an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

          The award was presented at a ceremony at VinExpo, Bordeaux, on Tuesday. Patrick Schmitt, editor of the Drinks Business, introduced the award prior to the presentation by Jean-Michel Valette MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine.
          In his remarks, Jean-Michel Valette MW said: “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. 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. We are honoured to recognize her lifetime of work.’

          Baroness Philippine de Rothschild said:
          “I am particularly happy to receive this wonderful award from the MW organization, which I treasure so much, and which graces my dear Mouton. A great wine is a ‘work of art’, as my father Baron Philippe used to say, and I am proud that Mouton carries on this most demanding tradition in the bottle, on the bottle, and at the place where it is made.”

          Notes to Editors:
          Master of Wine is internationally recognised as the foremost title in the world of wine. The qualification, established in 1953, is today held by professionals across the international wine community who have demonstrated both theoretical knowledge and practical ability in the art, science and business of wine and who are committed to professional excellence.
          It is membership of the Institute of Masters of Wine and abiding by its Code of Conduct, not only passing the Master of Wine Examination, which confers the right to use the title Master of Wine.
          A Master of Wine is someone who has demonstrated, by way of rigorous examination, a thorough knowledge of all aspects of wine and an ability to communicate that knowledge clearly. They actively encourage others in the pursuit of knowledge as well as seeking to bring wine communities together.
The Institute’s vision is one of knowledge and integrity. Through its members – the international community of 303 Masters of Wine – and its activities, it promotes excellence, interaction and learning, across all sectors of the global wine community.
          In keeping with its original aims, the Institute promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding wine at the highest level. It also organises and contributes to wine trade events around the world. Annual visits are made to wine producing regions whilst the Institute’s annual tasting and master class programme provides an independent and authoritative perspective on wine.
Every four years, its international symposium brings together leading figures from the wine community to address topical issues in an independent forum. The next Symposium will be held in Florence from 15-18 May 2014.
          More information about the Institute and its activities, including biographies of Masters of Wine, can be found at the Institute’s website at www.mastersofwine.org.