My first full day in the region on Cahors started with a glorious morning and breakfast at the Château de Mercuès, a Relais et Châteaux overlooking the Cahors countryside and the Lot river. The Château’s history is important to the region, having been the the summer residence of the bishops of Cahors since the 13th century.
Today the property’s current owner Georges Vigouroux maintains an impressive wine cellar showcasing the domaines wines (yes, they make very good Cahors too!) as well as a gastronomic restaurant. For more photos of this magnificent property and jewel of Cahors, please check out the “les photos” link below right!
After breakfast, we made the 10km drive to the nearby town of Cahors. For the next several days, this town, and the lovely bridge pictured above was truly the global epicenter of malbec! Le pont Valentré is the symbol of Cahors, having been constructed during the 14th century. On this particular weekend, it was all dressed up, and served as a hosting venue for multiple Cahors producers.
Adjacent to the bridge, I discovered this very traditional wine press also on display..
After a morning of seminars moderated by the British journalist David Cobbold, our group convened at the rivers edge for a brief respite before attacking lunch and a comprehensive tasting of wines from the region.
Apparently, up until a week prior to our arrival, the weather in Cahors had been rather cold and rainy. As you can surmise from the photo above, the weather on this afternoon could not be more perfect. Warm, pleasantly sunny and dry. Can I please get a light chill on that malbec..?
And after lunch, we hopped onto the bridge to begin our tastings and meetings with the wines and producers of the region. A particular highlight for me was my tasting with Château Haut-Monplaisir. This 44 acre domaine is owned by husband and wife Cathy and Daniel Fournié. Together, and with the help of Pascal Verhaeghe at Château Cèdre (more on this excellent domaine later) the Fourniés are producing what I believe to be some of the tastiest wines of the region. Luckily, the wines are also represented in the USA by Vintage59 imports.
Next up: A wine country tasting with Anthony Rose