Philippine de Rothschild has died at the age of 80.

Baroness Philippine was one of the most influential people in the wine world in the 20th century, She took over the running of Mouton Rothschild, one of only five Bordeaux First Growth estates, in 1988. Now Mouton is considered one of the most sought-after wines in the world, with a huge demand from China, thanks largely down to the running of the estate and the chateau’s iconic bottles, which feature images from famous artists each year.

Not only did ‘The Baroness’ keep up the great traditions of Mouton, but she also embarked on global endeavours with the Mouton brand. In Chile, Mouton partnered with Concha Y Toro to create Almaviva. A second wine to Mouton, ‘Petit Mouton’ was also introduced – now a huge favourite in the Chinese market.

Philippine was a true heavyweight in the Bordeaux wine world. She will be sorely missed the world over.