Château de Mercuès. For a smart lunch or dinner at the Relais et Châteaux, renowned for its excellent gastronomic food. Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 20 00 01.
The highly selective Château Lagrezette, whose first wine harvest dates back to 1503. The sixteenth century château, beautifully restored, and residence of the former president of Cartier, Alain Dominique Perrin, is not open to visitors. Only some Happy Few get to enjoy the mill, the pool and the park on special occasions. The wine store hosts paying wine tasting of Château Lagrezette, ranked in the Top 100 of The Spectator Wine, including the Cuvée Pigeonnier 100% Malbec.
In Caillac, hotel restaurant Le Vinois Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 30 53 60. www.chateau-lagrezette.tm.fr
Madame Malique’s eponymous inn where everything is home-made, an authentic and discreet restaurant.
Saint-Vincent Rive d’Olt
Domaine du Prince, the descendants of the estate still produce a vintage called “Lou Prince” in honour of the French King François Ier who had had the good taste of enjoying their Cahors wine and had it sent to his court. www.domaineduprince.fr
The Domain Roques of Cana
Martial Guiette bought two 42 hectare vineyards in 2007. Passionate, Martial works on subtle blends to create three vintages with biblical designations. The Wedding Wines, the Sangui Christi 100% Malbec aged in casks with fine flavours of black fruits and vanilla; and the Graal Sanctus, born from the best plots of land, with fruity wooden flavours, with fleshy flavours of mocha, a great wine. Cahors www.lesroquesdecana.com
Le Château de Cayx, or Caïx, a vineyard with many accolades. The estate belongs to the Danish Crown. The Château de Cayx and its 21 hectares of Malbec wines, overhanging a meander of the Lot river, were acquired in 1974 by the Queen and the prince consort, born Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, Expertise, care and quality of the winemaking process are combined to produce elegant wines with exceptional vintages, including La Royale and Les Gobelins, revealing the nobility of the Cayx land. The château, with its four pepperpot turrets, stands out from the vineyard. During the summer, concerts are held on the terrace and in the garden in the presence of the Royal family. Cellars open to the public for tours and shops. Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 30 52 50 www.chateau-de-cayx.com
Saint Médard Catus
Le Gindreau, the great chef Alexis Pélissou’s restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the Lot. Do not miss the truffle season between January and March, when truffles even feature on the Tuesday brunch menu, the day the market is on.
Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 36 22 27
The 14 in Prayssac, run by four charming ladies, where lunch dishes are served in the garden in middle of a home furnishings store. Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 36 04 86
Lutine’s textiles workshop. A young artist who creates panels and wall hangings from antique and precious materials. A marvel! The workshop is open to the public on a Friday morning, market day, 14 Place d’Istrie. Tel.: +33 (0)6 83 82 93 65
The master glassworker Hervé Dupont follows his dreams of hand blown glass in his workshop, creating some beautiful pieces which he also shows in Tokyo, Montréal and Brussels. 34 avenue du Maréchal Bessières. Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 30 88 52
Château Eugénie, the label from the estate’s Pierre le Grand vintage, reminds us of the prestigious past of Cahors wine which was supplied to the tsar’s court. www.chateaueugenie.com
Matthieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve’s Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve, les Lacquets, a major estate, which also takes care of the singer Francis Cabrel’s vines. Tel.: +33 (0)6 78 79 57 10
Cathy and Daniel Fournié’s Château Haut Montplaisir, truly delightful!
Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 24 64 78/ +33 (0)6 77 15 62 85
Domaine Lacapelle Cabanac. A very nice château with organic and biodynamic wines, sustainable viticulture, green harvesting, a return to ploughing, hand picking… An impeccable track record for Thierry Simon’s Cahors wine. Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 36 51 92 www.lacapelle-cabanac.com
Access to Organic wine
A discreet village perched up high, hiding a real treasure, which is the museum of the sculptor Zadkine, holding many of the master’s pieces. He had a house in the village. In the chapel one can admire his masterly Christ on the cross and a moving Piéta. 46250 Les Arques Tel.: +33 (0)5 65 22 83 37
La Récréation, towards the bottom of the village, a great place for lunch, the old school was converted into a restaurant, which soon became the favourite spot for British tourists.
Saint Nexans – Bergerac
La Chartreuse du Bignac. In the heart of the Bergerac vineyards, come and discover the exquisite residence, “La Chartreuse de Bignac”. This 17th century “chartreuse” (a French name given for a local religious edifice) has been restored with the utmost care for the pleasure of its guests. Brigitte and Jean-Louis Viargues, the proud owners, are always delighted to share their passion of their home as well as the beautiful and secret region of Périgord.