Our final day of International Malbec days brought us to the Château de Grezels for a farewell luncheon and tasting.
While ascending the stairs of the Chateau towards the courtyard entrance, I stopped, caught my breath, and the turned around to this most serene view of the Cahors countryside and the Lot Valley. Magnifique!
At the luncheon I also had the opportunity to chat with Ricardo Giadorou of Bodega Dolium. Ricardo gave a very thorough presentation the day before on the state of winemaking in Argentina, and more specifically Mendoza, where Bodega Dolium is located. As the sole representative from the malbec powerhouse of Argentina, I found his thoughtful and more objective opinions on the current state of Cahors very interesting. I hope that his hosts did too.
After lunch, and without much of a game plan, I accepted an invitation from a friend of mind to accompany their group on a couple of afternoon winery visits. Why not! As if on queue, a young man in a small, economy sized car promptly pulled up and introduced himself as Germain, the son and young winemaker at Château les Croisille. Great! 6 off us piled into his car (with luggage in tow) and sped off.
I ended up sitting on the front seat, on someone’s lap, with my head sticking out the window for the entire duration. Pretty hilarious..but we made it to the domaine located in the commune of Luzech. Thank you Germain!
Once we got settled, Germain introduced us to his parents, Cecile and Bernard, who founded Château les Croisille back in 1980. When husband and wife first arrived in the region back in 1979, they procured 30 hectares of vineyard land planted their first vines in 1981. Over the last 28+ years they have steadily built up the resources and reputation of the domaine. Today they produce a select range of wines, predominantly devoted to the region’s supertar varietal, malbec.
After tasting through a range of wines and barrel samples, our group moved outside, where we were able to get a view of the adjacent vineyards, as well as these formidable old vines! No longer as efficacious as they once were, the vines had been grubbed up and were to be transported elsewhere. I was glad to see that they were not sumarily destroyed or used as fuel for the next family BBQ.
We then took a moment to snap off this group photo behind the family home at Château les Croisille. From left to right:
Paul Einbund: sommelier and wine director at Frances, San Francisco
Alan Murray: master sommelier and wine director at Masa’s, San Francisco
Patrick Comiskey: senior contributor/writer, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Los Angeles Times
Germain Croisille: fils, and next generation wine maker @ Château les Croisille
Bernard Croisille: père and founder of Château les Croisille
A huge thank you to the Croisille family for hosting such an interesting tasting at the domaine! For additional photos of the domaine, please check out “les photos” to the right.
Prochain arrêt: Le Château du Cèdre in Vire-sur-Lot..