Château de Mercuès – a short distance from the historic riverside city of Cahors, in Lot, south-west France is the magnificent Château de Mercuès. Built high on a rocky promontory, this 13th century castle was the summer residence of Counts and Bishops of Cahors for 700 years before being transformed. Now a 30-room luxury hotel surrounded by 32 hectares of Malbec vines, an underground winery and ageing cellar. Chef Julien Poisot oversees two superior restaurants - Le Duèze (Michelin star)and Le Bistrot du Château – where local delicacies such as estate-grown black Lalbenque truffles and Quercy lamb are partnered with wines from Château de Mercuès and the nearby, family-owned Château de Haute-Serre.
Château de Haute-Serre – the second Cahors winery within the Georges Vigouroux brand, now operated by Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux. This award-winning vineyard celebrates 40 years since their first release of the AOC Cahors in 1976. Recognised as a true ‘Cru’ from the very first release, the wines of the Château de Haute-Serre are immediately identifiable. In 2010 the family added a thousand truffle trees to the estate in order to cultivate its own supply of the world famous ‘black diamond’ and recently La Table de Haute-Serre stone cellar restaurant was added to the portfolio to complete their wine tourism offering.