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Guide to Cahors Wineries

Here is your go-to guide on Cahors Malbec.

For a taste that will make you fall in love with Cahors Malbec try wines from these domaines and châteaux.

The wines from each estate are generally listed beginning with entry level (easy to drink, less oak and aging, lower price point) to top of the line (excellent quality, complex, cellar-worthy, higher price point). Vine age is the average age.

Click here to learn about why the location of the vineyards — on the terraces or plateau — is so important to Cahors Malbec.

Scroll down to the bottom for a map of the wineries.

Château du Cèdre

Owned by brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe who took over the vineyard from their father in 1987, Château du Cèdre produces exceptional Malbec in Vire-sur-Lot. For that “aha! moment” – when you take a sip and understand what makes Cahors Malbec so special and delicious – try the 2011 Le Cedre. In 2003 the Verhaeghe brothers transitioned to organic farming and were awarded official certification in 2009.

Chateau du Cedre wines

Location and soil: Third terrace; clay and limestone soils.

Website: www.chateauducedre.com

Wines to try:
Cèdre Heritage 2011
100% Malbec from 30 year-old vines, 18 months on the lees in tanks.

Château du Cèdre 2011
90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tanat from 30 year-old vines. 22 months in oak barrels: 1/3 new, 1/3 one year-old, 1/3 two years old.

Le Cèdre 2011
100% Malbec from 40 year-old vines. Hand harvested. 24 months in barrel, 80% new.

GC 2011
100% Malbec from 55 year-old vines. Hand harvested. Fermentation and 27 months aging in new oak barrels.

Château Lamartine

The 35-hectare estate is located in Soturac, about as far west as you can go in the Cahors appellation. Current owner Alain Gayraud took over the 100-plus-year-old domaine from his grandfather in 1975. The first vintage of Château Lamartine was produced in 1878 but less than ten years later the vineyards were decimated by phylloxera. In 1943 the first American rootstock was grafted, and today the entire vineyard is planted on American rootstock. The vineyards are also transitioning to organic farming. The south facing vineyards are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and benefit from earlier ripening and harvest. The wines are marked by their strength, harmony and elegance.

Chateau Lamartine

Location and soil: Second terrace (5 hectares), third terrace; clay-limestone, clay-silica and limestone soils.

Website: www.cahorslamartine.com

Wines to try:
Château Lamartine 2011
90% Malbec, 10% Merlot from 30 to 40 year-old vines.

Cuvée Particulière 2011
90% Malbec, 10% Tannat from 45 year-old vines.

Château Lamartine Expression 2011
100% Malbec from 40 year-old vines, 20 months aging in new French oak barrels.

Château Lamartine Expression 2009
100% Malbec from 40 year-old vines, 20 months aging in new French oak barrels.

Château de Chambert

For more than 300 years Château de Chambert has maintained a position of prestige atop a hill in Floressas. From 1690 onward the domaine produced Malbec that was sipped by popes in Avignon and Russian tsars. Today the wines of Château de Chambert are still dynamic – and biodynamic. The 65-hectare vineyard has been biodynamic since 2007, and organic before that. Owner Philippe Lejeune, who at the age of 40 left a successful career in software creation to become a winemaker, is hands-off when it comes to the vineyards. “I want the vine to take what she wants,” he says. With this minimal and natural approach, the wines show off the Floressas soil and terroir, with refined flavors, higher acidity and excellent aging potential.

Chateau de Chambert

Location and soil: Plateau; clay-limestone and iron soils.

Website: www.chambert.com

Wines to try:
Chambert Gourmand Fruité Intense 2012
70% Malbec, 30% Merlot from 24 year-old vines.

Château de Chambert 2009
85% Malbec, 15% Merlot from 25 year-old vines, aged 12 months.

Château de Chambert Grand Vin 2009
100% Malbec from 34 year-old vines. Harvested by hand. Aged for 12 to 18 months in French oak barrels.

Château de Cayx

The wines of Château de Cayx are fit for a prince – Prince Henrik of Denmark. Lot aristocrat Henri de Monpezat, who purchased the château and planted vines in 1975, became a prince through marriage to the heiress apparent to the Danish throne. The 21-hectare vineyard is located near Luzech on the right bank of the Lot river. To enhance the wine and brand, Guillame Bardin (former sales manager at Rothschild) was brought on in 2008, and Alexandre Gélis (a former cellar master at Château Lagrézette) joined the team in 2010.

Chateau de Cayx

Location and soil: Second and third terraces; clay, limestone and siderolithic (grains of iron minerals) soils.

Website: www.chateau-de-cayx.com

Wines to try:
Les Marches de Cayx 2011
85% Malbec, 15% Merlot from 25 year-old vines.

Château de Cayx 2011
100% Malbec from 30 year-old vines.

Cuvée Majesté 2011
100% Malbec from 35 year-old vines, harvested by hand. 18 months aging in new oak barrels.

Domaine Le Bout du Lieu

Three generations of winemaking and passion is in every bottle from Le Bout du Lieu. Winemaker Arnaldo Dimani and his wife Monique own the 17 hectares in Saint Vincent Rives d’Olt, located between Parnac and Luzech. Their son Lucien honed his skills in the United States. The wines of Le Bout du Lieu are bold and intense, and benefit from aging and time in the glass.

Domaine Le Bout du Lieu

Location and soil: Alluvial soil, red clay.

Website: www.domaineleboutdulieu.com

Wines to try:
Domaine Le Bout du Lieu 2011
90% Malbec, 10% Merlot from 25 to 30 year-old vines. 12 months aging in concrete tanks, minimal filtration.

Orbe Noir 2007
100% Malbec from 25 to 30 year-old vines. 12 to 14 months aging on the lees in oak barrels (30% new). Minimal filtration.

Empyrée 2006
100% Malbec from 35 to 40 year-old vines. 22 to 24 months aging on the lees in new oak barrels. Minimum filtration.

Château Les Croisille

The 30-hectare vineyard was founded in 1979 by Bernard and Cécile Croisille. Bernard, a farmer and son of farmers, began the conversion to organic farming in 2010. It was completed in 2013. Son Germain joined his father in winemaking after receiving his diploma in 2008.

Chateau Les Croisille wines

Location and soil: Second and third terraces (clay and silica soils), Fages plateau (clay and limestone).

Website: www.lescroisille.com

Wines to try:
Château Les Croisille 2012
80% Malbec, 20% Merlot from 30 year-old vines on the 2nd and 3rd terraces.

Noble Cuvee 2010
100% Malbec from 35 year-old vines on the Fages plateau.

Divin Croisille 2010
100% Malbec from 35 year-old vines on the Fages plateau. 20 months aging in French oak barrels.

Clos Triguedina

Founded in 1830 by the Baldès family, today the 65-hectare estate in Vire-sur-Lot is helmed by 7th generation winemaker Jean-Luc Baldès. A leader in the production of Cahors Malbec, Clos Triguedina was also the first to produce a rosé of Malbec.

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Clos Triguedina

Location and soil: Second, third and fourth terraces; clay and limestone soils.

Website: www.jlbaldes.com

Wines to try:
Le Rosé du Clos
Clos Triguedina
Probus 2008
The New Black Wine
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Clos Troteligotte

Christian Rybinski and his son Emmanuel helm the 10-hectare estate on the iron-rich plateau in Villesèque, southwest of the town of Cahors. In addition to organic farming they practice “rational agriculture,” a holistic management approach that reduces the negative impact on the environment without compromising economic efficiency. Clos Troteligotte produces intense and well-structured wines – and really fun wines too. In addition to the modern labels and unique names (K’or, K’price, K’meLot), they age some of the wine in amphorae (terracotta jars).

Clos Troteligotte rosé

Location and soil: Plateau; clay-limestone and siderolithic soil with high iron content.

Website: www.clostroteligotte.com

Wines to try:
K’meLot dry rosé
100% Malbec, Vin de Pays du Lot. Aged on fine lees for 4 months in stainless steel tanks.

K’or 2012
100% Malbec from 25 year-old vines. Aged on fine lees for 18 months in concrete tanks.

K2 2012
100% Malbec from 25 year-old vines. Aged 12 months in amphorae.

K 2011
100% Malbec from 25 year-old vines. Aged 24 months in oak barrels.

Château Lagrézette

For fifty years the château in Caillac sat abandoned until Alain-Dominique Perrin, former CEO of Cartier, purchased the property in 1981. He set about restoring the château, gardens and vineyard, using techniques from Bordeaux to grow high quality grapes and craft top rated wines. Michel Rolland acts as consulting winemaker. Today the domaine encompasses 90 hectares on three distinct terroirs, in Caillac, Rocamadour and Landiech. Château Lagrézette is one of the easier to find Cahors Malbecs in the United States, along with its crowd-pleasing Purple Malbec.

Chateau Lagrezette

Location and soil: Third terrace, silty clay and limestone soils.

Website: www.chateau-lagrezette.com

Wines to try:
Château Lagrézette 2009
85% Malbec, 15% Merlot and Tannat from 20 year-old vines. Harvested by hand. 18 months in new French oak barrels.

Lo Domeni

Just up the hill from the charming commune of Caillac sits the small estate of Lo Domeni, owned by Pierre Pradel. After years of selling and promoting other wines, Pierre returned to his family’s vineyard in 2004. The 30 year-old vines had been well maintained by his father, manager for neighboring Château Lagrézette. The wines of Lo Domeni are fresh and fruit forward, with little oak and soft tannins. Their dry rosé, Provençal in style, is a wine you’ll want to drink on any warm day.

Lo Domeni

Location and soil: Third terrace; clay and limestone soils.

Website: www.lodomeni.fr

Wines to try:
Le Coté Rosé
50% Malbec, 50% Merlot, IGP Côtes du Lot.

Le Clos 2012
100% Malbec from 25 year-old vines.

Vendemia 2012
100% Malbec from 45 year-old vines, harvested by hand.

Les Vins de Georges Vigouroux

If there is one name to know in Cahors, it is Georges Vigouroux. Owner, wine pioneer and brand unto himself, Georges and his son Bertrand-Gabriel are prominent Malbec producers. Their domaines include Château de Haute-Serre, Château de Mercuès and Château Léret Monpezat. He also has a partnership with noted California oenologist Paul Hobbs, and together they make wine under the Crocus label. Drive around Cahors and you’re bound to come across an Atrium boutique where you can purchase all of these wines including Pigmentum, one of the easier Cahors wines to find in the United States.

Website: www.g-vigouroux.fr

Les Vins de Georges Vigouroux

Château de Haute-Serre

One of the oldest vineyards in Cahors, the prestigious estate in Cieurac was destroyed by phylloxera. In 1971 it was purchased and revitalized by Georges Vigouroux. The 60-hectare plot situated on the plateau has stony clay and limestone soils.

Website: www.hauteserre.fr

Wines to try:
Cuvée Géron Dadine de Haute-Serre 2010
100% Malbec from 30 year-old vines. Hand harvested. 18 months aging in new oak barrels.

Icône du Château de Haute-Serre 2010
100% Malbec from 30 year-old vines. Hand harvested. 24 months aging in new oak barrels.

Château de Mercuès

The 13th century castle of Château de Mercuès occupies a dominating hilltop spot about 15 minutes away from the town of Cahors. In addition to producing wine on the 35-hectare estate, Château de Mercuès is a hotel (part of Relais & Châteaux) and has a gastronomic restaurant.

Website: www.chateaudemercues.com

Chateau de Mercues

Wines to try:
Château de Mercuès Malbec 6666 2010
100% Malbec from 15 year-old vines. The 6666 refers to the plant density, 6,666 plants per hectare.

Icône du Château de Mercuès 2010
100% Malbec from 25 year-old vines. 18 months aging in new oak barrels.

SAS Paul Bertrand

The Crocus wine are a partnership between Georges Vigouroux and Paul Hobbs, who brings his expertise from California and has also worked extensively with Malbec in Argentina.

Wines to try:
Crocus 2011
100% Malbec from 25 year-old vines in stony clay and limestone soils. 18 months aging in French oak barrels, 50% new.

Crocus Grand Vin 2011
100% Malbec from 35 year-old vines. 24 months aging in French oak barrels, 50% new.

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