Each year the wine world eagerly anticipates Mouton Rothchild’s Grand Vin release, keen to see which new artist they have chosen to design their new label. This tradition has occurred every vintage as far back as 1945, in which time the honour has fallen to the likes of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.

For the 2012 vintage this task was given to Miquel Barcelo, a Catalonian artist whose works have risen to fame in the last twenty years, featuring all around the world including the Louvre in Paris. His label depicts two trademark rams which are said to elude to the balance and harmony of this great wine. ‘Its two rams, symmetrical and face-to-face, are a reminder that the balance and harmony of a great wine, already present in nature, still set a challenge to be met by the work of human hands’. It looks to be a great label for a suitably great wine – Parker scores the 2012 95-97 making it ‘one of the wines of the vintage’.

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who sadly died in August, has for many years been responsible for choosing which artist’s work accompanies each vintage. One of her final acts this year was to commission the 2013 label, although this will be kept a closely guarded secret until this time next year. Although she has named her eldest son, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild as president of the Baron Phillipe de Rothschild supervisory board, it will be her youngest, Julien de Beaumarchais whose study of the history of art will be useful as he carries on this great tradition.