Wine Tours in France - Cahors
Cahors Vineyard Tour – 80 kilometres
The suggested tour is a round trip of 80 kilometres. While vineyards are the main focus it also takes in a number of historical towns and village as well as the meandering River Lot, with river boats, hilltop roads and wonderful panoramic views. The roads we suggest you follow are most attractive, but often very narrow and you can get lost – do take your time. This is a region where a guided wine tour is a sound recommendation.
To get a feel for Cahors wine when you visit the Pont Valentre bridge, situated opposite the bridge is Lagrézette Cave (an outlet of Château Lagrézette CAILLAC) Here you will find reasonably priced Cahors wines at €6 a bottle alongside rare aged Cahors wines for up to €1600 a bottle. Chateau Lagrézette has its winery at Caillac about 12 kms from Cahors off the D8.
Domaine le Passelys
On leaving Cahors we travel in a westerly direction on the D8 to Doulle, then up the D12 to Domaine le Passelys which is owned by Marie-Helene and Thierry BAUDEL. They have 8 hectares of grapes and produce AOC Cahors wines, vin du pays Lot Red Wine, Rose, Dry White and White Moelleux which give an understanding of the range of authentic Cahors wines. The wines range in price from €6 to €10 with the excellent Passelys “Prestige 2002 AOC Cahors selling at €8.20
Plat FaisantLes Roques
Continuing on the D12 to the C1 to the hamlet of Les Roques where you will find Chateau Plat Faisant with winemakers Serge Bessieres and Caroline Dumond. The old family vineyard of 20 hectares of Malbec with a little merlot - the traditional AOC Cahors blend. With some of the vines over 50 years old and low yields, 30 hectolitres per hectare, and this is reflected in the depth of flavours. The wine reflects the loving care and attention both in the vineyard and in the winery. They are proud of their wines and why not - the quality was exceptional!
Approaching Puy-L’Eveque on the D8 take the D5 before crossing the river for Leygues. The vineyard is 45 hectares and has been in the family for countless generations and is comprised of 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot.
ADDITIONAL CAHORS VINEYARDS
From the 600 plus wineries available for visiting here are four more that you may be interested in visiting.
Prieuré de Cénac Vineyards around the hamlet of Cénac. 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot, aged in new oak barrels for 12 months. Franck and Jacques Rigal,46140 Parnac
Chateau Lamartine A well-sited vineyard of 32 hectares of mainly Malbec with some Merlot and Tannat. Alain Gayraud,Château Lamartine, 46700 Soturac