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Château de Haute-Serre et de Mercuès

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Malbec is the grape variety originating from Quercy and its wonderful characteristics are recognized throughout the world. It was on the birthplace of this wonderful grape variety that Georges Vigouroux, son of a wine merchant in Quercy, decided to pursue the winegrower's adventure as well. It was in the 1970s that he fell in love with the Château de Haute-Serre, a castle in the...

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Malbec is the grape variety originating from Quercy and its wonderful characteristics are recognized throughout the world. It was on the birthplace of this wonderful grape variety that Georges Vigouroux, son of a wine merchant in Quercy, decided to pursue the winegrower's adventure as well. It was in the 1970s that he fell in love with Château de Haute-Serre, one of the greatest estates such as Château Margaux or the wines of Pommard a few centuries before the phylloxera that ravaged the Cahors vineyard at the end of the 19th century. Abandoned to the wild vegetation of the Causse, it took two years to clear the land, plant 160,000 vines and create a cellar within the estate. Georges Vigouroux continued his winegrowing adventure with the acquisition of Château de Mercuès in the 1980s. He worked to restructure the vineyard on the surrounding gravelly hills, in the communes of Caillac and Mercuès and to replant the parcels acquired on this clayey-limestone soil, ideal for vine growing, into Malbec grape varieties. In parallel with the vineyard, which covers 32 hectares, he undertook the construction of a monumental wine cellar for vinification and underground ageing under the gardens of the château, and today it is Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux, his son, who uses all his knowledge to make the great wines of Château de Haute-Serre and Mercuès. It aims to achieve excellence with high-density replanting, the use of recent wine-growing equipment, ageing in new oak barrels and appropriate vinification with Malbec.

Our story

Germain Vigouroux founded the family business in 1887 and experienced the invasion of the vampiric phylloxera. His son, Gabriel Vigouroux, then took up the challenge at the beginning of the 20th century, and Georges Vigouroux, the third generation, took over the torch in 1963 and gave a national dimension to the trading company by developing the bottled wine business. Then he became a winegrower by replanting the vines on the slopes of Cahors from 1971 with the Château de Haute-Serre, then with the acquisition of Château de Mercuès in 1983. Today Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux, a winegrower and oenologist by training, continues his father's work. Often cited as one of France's leading winegrowers, he has managed to preserve the best of tradition and introduce innovative techniques to achieve excellence.

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Witness of an epic of several centuries, the vineyard of the château already existed in the Middle Ages, owned by the Abbey of Lagarde Dieu in Tarn et Garonne. It then extended over almost 1000 hectares. A few religious wars later and without ever losing sight of its wine-growing vocation, Château de Haute-Serre and its vineyard appear on a 1889 gala menu alongside Château Margaux and the wines of Pommard. Tall, prestigious, referent.

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