I must say that routinely I get emails, texts, calls and messages asking for a suggestion about wine. Sometimes it occurs while they are at a restaurant and they are daunted by the selections on the Wine Carte; and sometimes they are a wine shop searching for the perfect gift, that there wallet can afford. I try to be as helpful and informative as I can be, because I appreciate that they think highly enough of me to seek my knowledge as limited as it can be.
I received a very unique request from someone that I did not know, the other day. I am not sure how the gentleman found me, as he was searching for a wine label, and I do pride myself that I try to depict the actual label from the wines that I have enjoyed. Sometimes I must use a photograph of the whole wine bottle to expedite an article, because I have not had the time to soak the label off of the bottle, or because I am traveling and I do not desire to travel with an empty wine bottle in my luggage.
The gentleman was in an acting class and he was going to be portraying Nathaniel de Rothschild and he was asking if I had a label from Chateau Mouton Rothschild from the late 1800’s. I was flattered that anyone would think that I would have had a storied wine from that era. I wrote to him that since after the last World War, Chateau Mouton Rothschild has been commissioning artist to design a different label for them each year. I have had the good fortune to have tried several different vintages of this great house, but none from that period. In fact, I am sorry to say that I have never had the good fortune to try any wines from the great vintage of 1945, but I have once tried a wine from the other great vintage of 1921. My curiosity was piqued and I went off to see if I could find a label to help him with his request. I did a Google search of images and found a label from Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1881, which I downloaded and sent the gentleman. The picture had the provenance of the site that it came from in the picture and it was from majorcacellar.com and since it was on Google, I do hope that they don’t mind if I share it with everyone else, as I am sure that the majority of the readers, like myself have never seen a wine label from that era. The gentleman wrote me back thanking me for the service and gave me the complimentary salutation that I was “a gentleman and a scholar” and I will humbly accept that accolade.