Château de Mercuès
What We Love
- A magical 13th-century château stay in stunning south-west France with a wine-tasting tourHanging out in a prestigious wine estate with serious cellars and a 32-hectare vineyard
- Gorging on the impressive views over the undulating hills and sparkling water of the Lot Valley
- Sampling the decadent local produce from the robust red wine to black truffles
What To Know
- Onsite Le Duèze Restaurant was given one star in the 2017 Michelin Guide
- The wine list features Georges Vigouroux varieties as well as a selection of other Occitania and French wines
- Views from the chateau are of the lush Lot Valley and Cahors Vineyards
Sealing the deal for wine-lovers and gourmands who like the idea of lording it up in a 13th-century castle with fairy-tale turrets and towers, Château de Mercuès is a boutique-style château overlooking the Lot Valley. Expect traditional luxury with a fuss-free feel as you enjoy the welcoming outdoor pool, tennis court and stunning woodlands with running trails and walking paths.
Acquired by winegrower-cum-hotelier Georges Vigouroux in 1983, this grandiose hideout – the one-time summer residence of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors – is a perennial crowd-pleaser. Most buzzed-about are the regional Quercy specialities (duck, lamb, black truffle and more) that complement exquisite regional wines – most of which are grown in the château’s 32-hectare vineyard and stored in the underground winery and ageing cellar.
Spend your days cruising on the River Lot, touring the Château de Mercuès winery, lingering at the cafés along Cahors’ Boulevard Gambetta, and drinking rather a lot of Malbec wine – referred to here as Auxerrois or Cot Noir for its deep and dark colour. By night, relish gourmet delights before crashing out in your wondrously chic accommodation. Château de Mercuès effortlessly bagged a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
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This is etched on my memory, a fantastic couple of days, everything was a perfect symphony of tranquil pleasure. The room was immaculate and provided every luxury, perched at the top of the Chateau with views that were breath taking. Waking up to a sea of mist, sitting above the Lot river with the Sun rising, illuminating the gorgeous stone with a honeyed light. Staff were exceptional in both the Chateau and the Restaurant. Attention to detail and the clients experience are paramount. The Restaurant experience was flawless, a discrete, elegant and skillful team of staff performed a silent choreography of service that was faultless, masterfully led. The meal was an exquisite delight of sensory exploration and perfectly executed. Encompassed with the wines delivered with knowledge and flair by their French-Canadian Sommelier. Wines were also a delight to discover and the visit to the Chai and Cave impressive. Fantastic wines elevated with the passion for the terroir evident in the Owner/Vigneron. Personal thanks for your insights and passion. If you want a memorable stay at a family-led establishment, then stay here. There will return visits and more wine purchases.. Thank you
This excellent Château is just outside of Cahors, the original home of the Malbec grape. We found this place during a visit to the west coast of France, visiting some nice vineyards and sampling beautiful wines. The Château is high up on a hill with fantastic views of the valley and river. There is a long history attached going back to 1300. The Château has its own wine cellar, where we were guided by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
The rooms were top class and comfortable with nice furnishings. The Chapel in the Castle is well worth a visit as is the terraces, with a very wide view.
When we visited the restaurant served there Bistro menu, which was nicely presented and well cooked. Of course we sampled the wines from the estate and found them easy to drink and very tasty. Too easy too drink actually.
The staff were all extremely service minded and we had the honour to borrow there charging facility to charge our electric car! Normally it was used to charge the “golf buggy” they use to get around the estate. Nice and very appreciated, since it saved us having to go looking for a charging station the next day.
Cahors is of course we’ll worth a visit as well, but we were unfortunate that there was a farmers demonstration the day we visited. We could not really get to see the local famous bridge etc. But we will definitely be back.
We had so much fun exploring the castle, winery and the amazing grounds. As an added bonus the views from. The castle surrounding countryside is beyond breathtaking. The nearby town of Cahor is also fun to explore. If you have a bit of time the prehistoric painted caves at Pech Merle are so fascinating. If you can time your day to have lunch or dinner at Saint-Cirq-Lapopie you won’t be sorry. The views from the hillside town are beautiful and the town is really charming.