Gold for Vassal de Mercues

Château de Mercuès, Georges and Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux are delighted to announce that the ‘Vassal de Mercuès Cahors 2014’ has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2016.

Situated a short distance from the historic riverside city of Cahors, in Lot, south-west France is the magnificent Château de Mercuès. This 13th century castle was transformed in 1983 by local winegrowerGeorges Vigouroux, into a prestigious wine estate. Now owned and operated under Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux as part of the Relais & Châteaux collection, this 30-room luxury hotel boasts 32 hectares of Malbec vines, an underground winery and ageing cellar underneath the castle terrace. Chef Julien Poisot oversees the two superior restaurants – Le Duèze and Le Bistrot du Château – renowned for their Lot-inspired menus featuring abundant, regional produce, in particular the estate’s own-grown black Lalbenque truffles and local Quercy lamb. The wine list includes several of the château’s great Malbec wines, oak-aged for twelve months and bottled on the premises, along with selected vintages from nearbyChâteau de Haute-Serre, the original Vigouroux family vineyard.

In terms of the vineyard’s winning signature, theVassal de Mercuès Cahors 2014’comprises90% Malbec grapes, 8% Merlot and 2% Tannat, Vassal goes extremely well with pâté de canard, chicken flavoured with Quercy saffron and veal with grilled aubergines. While perfect to enjoy now, it may be cellared for up to 10 years.

Vassal de Mercuès is the second label of Château de Mercuès, one of the leading producers of fine AOC Cahors wine in Lot, south-west France. A brightly coloured wine with an aromatic nose oozing red fruits, it is full bodied in the mouth, with elegant tannins and a good length with peppery and spicy notes.