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The famous vineyard is located in the north of the municipality of Pauillac in the area of the same name in the Médoc (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux). Château Lafite-Rothschild is located directly adjacent to it. Mouton is the French word for "sheep" (ram) and a ram's head is also the logo of the house - a gold one hangs in the entrance hall of the château. However, the name is actually derived from "Mothon", which means "hill" or "elevation". The origin of the estate is a plot of land called "Clos de Mouton" owned by the notary Jacques de Ségur (+1691). This famous noble family owned huge estates, including the predecessors of the three wine estates Château Latour, Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild. The grandson Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur (1697-1755) drew the final line between the Lafite and neighbouring Mouton parts, which are fundamentally different in terms of terroir and therefore also in terms of wine style.

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