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'Grand Dame of Bordeaux wine' Philippine de Rothschild dies

Published 25/08/2014 | 07:27

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Philippine de Rothschild, the grande dame of Bordeaux wine, has died aged 80.

Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said today. She was 80.

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Winemaker Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA said in a statement she died on Friday in Paris "from the effects of a serious operation". It did not elaborate.

Ms de Rothchild took control of the family business, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, when her father Baron Philippe de Rothschild, died in 1988. She later renamed it after him.

The company produces the modestly priced Mouton Cadet, one of the biggest selling wines in the world and the most successful Bordeaux wine brand.

She also owned, along with her three children, the wine houses of Château d'Armailhac and Château Clerc Milon.

Twice married, she is survived by two sons, a daughter and grandchildren.

The company's chief executive Hugues Lechanoine said a funeral is planned for September 1 in south western Pauillac.

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