Wine Tours of
the CAHORS Region FRANCE

 

 

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.

              


 

Vineyard Selection

 

Chateau Lagrézette

Cahors town

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

Doulle

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
Monsieur Baudel
46140 Doulle


 

Plat Faisant

Les 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!
Tasting Notes
They produce three distinctly different wines and we tasted each range from 2003 to 2005.
Chateau Plat Faisant 2005  80% Malbec, 20% Merlot. Huge glass-filling tastes of raspberries, well-balanced.
Curvee des Generation AOC Cahors 2003 - 2005 100% Malbec with one year in new oak. Classic Cahors style, perfect with pork, beef or venison.
Curvee de L’Ancetre AOC Cahors 2005 100% Malbec from 50-year-old vines. An outstanding example of fine Cahors style, smooth, well-structured award-winning wine. Equal to many more expensive Bordeaux wines


Chateau Pineraie

Leygues

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.
They produce three different wines:
The Domaine Pierre Sèche, from the younger vine stock, 80% of Cot (the local name for Malbec) and 20% of Merlot. The Chateau Pineraie is hand-sorted according to very strict specifications. It is aged 12 months in oak barrels. It is made of 85% Cot and 15% Merlot, this wine contains all the specificity of the Cahors. L'Authentique du Château Pineraie Already an unmissable classic in terms of quality. This 100% malbec comes from 5 hectares of very old vine stocks dating from 1920.

Tasting Notes
Chateau Pineraie 2002 AOC Cahors 12.5% 100% Malbec wine with deep dark red Cahors “black” wine style. Palate of old leather and oak with a good level of berry fruits and silky smooth tainins. A wine that reflects careful aging.


 

ADDITIONAL CAHORS VINEYARDS


 

From the 600 plus wineries available for visiting here are four more that you may be interested in visiting.
Domaine du Théron Perched high on a hill above the village of Prayssac. 12 hectares of vineyards, planted primarily to Malbec with some Merlot. Route du Chateaux du Théron, 46220 Prayssac



 

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