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The summer residence of the count bishops of Cahors, Château de Mercuès immerses guests into the region's medieval history during the time of the French Wars of Religion. Its strategic position overlooking the banks of the Lot River affords a stunning panoramic view over the surrounding countryside and the vineyards of Cahors. This 13th-century site is pervaded by a strange atmosphere connected to its history, which can be read in every room of the château. All of the rooms open onto either the vineyard or the gardens so that guests can live a life of luxury during their stay in Mercuès.
"The renaissance of an ancient grape variety. Cot, Malbec, Auxerrois: three names for a single vine plant. With its round leaves, airy bunches and dark skin, Malbec is a sure-fire hit for the great vineyards. In 25 years, I have never doubted the exceptional potential of this grape. From Cahors, its birthplace, to Mendoza, Argentina, I have tamed soils and vines and I have turned these Malbec juices into polymorphic and polychromatic, profoundly gourmet wines.
Our twentieth-century cellars are in the château: a visit and tasting you will definitely never forget!"
"Did you say Tuber Melanosporum?" A white marbled intense black, subtle and delicious in all its forms. This is actually the scientific name of the black truffle of south west France. 6 years ago, the Vigouroux family decided to plant a thousand truffle trees on its estate of Haute-Serre near Cahors. We aim to produce, harvest and present the black diamond as we would work on a great vintage. You will find it in all its glory in our menus concocted by our expert chef Julien Poisot."
"Visiting the cave is a special moment because it is rare to observe paintings there are nearly 30,000 years old and so well maintained. There are astonishing figures such as the Black Frieze or the punctuated Horses, but also footprints and stencilled hands. In all, the cave contains nearly 800 motifs including 70 of animals. All these figures are in a unique geological setting. The visit of Pech Merle is a real and unique emotion!"
Take off from the château gardens by helicopter, or from the Cahors airfield by light aircraft, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the most beautiful sights, towns and villages, as well as breathtaking landscapes. Grow wings and take to the skies!
In Cahors, the domes that overlook the Cathedral of St Etienne seem to jealously guard a gem that dates back nine centuries: a Romanesque portal shelters an Ascension of Christ executed so exquisitely that it almost gives the impression that we too can get a little closer to heaven. On the banks of the Lot, the last fortified medieval bridge in France dominates the town for which it serves as an emblem, with its three 14th-century towers. These exceptional monuments are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, just like the Way of Saint James of Compostela, a prestigious label that bears witness to their splendour