The Château La Garde’s coat of arm is deeply bonded to the history of the Aquitaine region. The lion-head leopard draws its inspiration from the arms allocated to the Aquitaine under English domination during the Hundred-years’ war.
Indeed, the leopard called “Plantagenet” was the symbol of the Plantagenet Empire, an English dynasty which was opposed to the Valois, a French dynasty, during the Hundred-years’ war. The Aquitaine region was part of the Plantagenet Empire since this region was absorbed through the marriage of Henry II Plantagenet and his wife Aliénor d’Aquitaine, during the XIIth century.
The leopard Plantagenet was then assigned to the Aquitaine province, as a sign of British legitimacy for the possession of this territory. Royal symbol for the British, the lion-head leopards are strongly supported a crown largely inspired by the ducal crown of England, consisting of four patted crosses alternating with four fleurs-de-lis.
Successively called Domaine de La Garde, Clos de La Garde, then Château La Garde, the Château is strongly attached to its historic coat of arm since it is on the first and second wine labels, La Terrasse de La Garde.
Starting from the vintage 2015, all the bottles of the first wine, the Château La Garde – Pessac Léognan, have been engraved with the historical château’s coat of arm.