Both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon cultures have shaped our region, as reflected in the historical name of our estate « LA CLAYMORE ». This English-sounding name used to be spelled as «Claimh Mhor» and was used to denote the great sword of the Scottish Highlanders, originally Celtic warriors, who were most probably present in the Aquitaine region with the British armies.
Our first wine is called « CLAYMORE » and comes from vines planted on the vineyard parcels of the same historical name (as seen on ancient maps).
The origin of this unusual name for a French soil is probably due to the Anglo-Saxon presence in the Bordeaux region in the 11th and 12th centuries. In the same period the Benedictine monks had decorated the monolithic church in Saint-Émilion with bas-reliefs inspired by the Celtic culture of Great Britain, like « Le chemin des allégories » and « the Holy Grail fresco », still existing.
The name of our wines and the illustrations of our prime wine labels (cup, dragon, swords), are derived from these stories and legends.
Tour à tour offrande divine ou égérie des poètes, le vin exprime, sous toutes les civilisations,
la gaîté, la franchise, le courage ou la force.
Origin and illustration of the name of our wines
Château La Claymore
These crossed swords are called CLAYMORE (« Claidheamh Mor » in Celtic), the hilt of which is decorated with clovers.
We have named our vines of the Montagne Saint-Emilion appellation “FLAUNYS”, which means PARADISE in Celtic-Gaelic.
CILORN is based on a Celtic legend about the story of the fairy Viviane who tamed a so-named dragon. Thus relieved, the dragon CILORN has become the tireless guardian of the Avalon mysterious island
Le Cadet du Château La Claymore
Formerly in the noble families, the first son inherited the estate, the second became a priest, and the CADET learned the art of fight.
Château Moulin de Fontmurée
More than one hundred years ago on the Estate, a mill with a rotating wheel used water directly from a little river to mill wheat into flour.
Château La Haute Claymore
The name of CLAYMORE (Scottish great sword) is by itself sufficient to remember the English origins of this historic site
Château de Faise
CHATEAU DE FAISE is one of the oldest wine-growing area of Libourne.
Château Grand Barail
Château GRAND BARAIL is situated on a clay-limestone mound overlooking the vast wine-growing area of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol.