Bordeaux-based Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and Shaw Ross International Importers, LLC said they have entered into an exclusive U.S. import agreement for Mouton Cadet, the world’s best-selling Bordeaux wine, and the Pays d’Oc varietals. The agreement went into effect on Thursday.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s branded wines were previously imported by Constellation Brands USA which will work closely with Shaw Ross to ensure a smooth transition in the months to come.
“We are delighted to have entered into this new import agreement with Shaw Ross International. Mouton Cadet features unique style and the finest winemaking skills backed up by Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s history. With its team’s expertise and our shared vision of excellence, we are very confident that Shaw Ross will continue to build the most efficient network of distributors and play a major part in the performance of Mouton Cadet and our French branded wines on the American market”, says Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
“We are honored to include Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s French brands in our portfolio as we share the same values of quality and innovation,” says Bruce Hunter, Managing Director of Shaw Ross. “Thanks to our diverse and strategic balance of wines from prestigious family companies, and our field of expertise in ensuring the best and most efficient distribution, we are particularly looking forward to taking Mouton Cadet a step further in its US development.”
Mouton Cadet was created in 1930 by the legendary Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902 – 1988). It was first introduced to the American market in the 1950’s with great success. Thanks to Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1933 – 2014), Mouton Cadet has experienced significant growth thus expanding its international distribution and leadership to 150 markets, becoming the best-selling Bordeaux brand worldwide.
Wine Enthusiast’s Roger Voss rates the current 2015 vintage of Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc an 86 and describes it as an 86 and describes it as, “Bright and really fresh, this is as crisp as Sauvignon Blanc can get.”
He gives the 2014 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux an 85 and says the wine “ is fruity with a stalky edge and bright black-currant fruit flavors.”