Chateau de Haute-Serre, Cahors (2015)

The history of Château de Haute-Serre is the story of a meeting between a man of passion and a terroir. At the beginning of the 1970s, Georges Vigouroux, the third generation of a family of broker-maturers, was looking for a place on the slopes to replant a vineyard of Malbec on its historical terroir. After two years searching he discovered Château de Haute-Serre, that had been abandoned since the destruction of the vineyard by phylloxera at the end of the 19th century. Juniper bushes and stunted oaks had overrun the land for nearly a century. As he knew that up to 1880 this estate had produced one of France’s greatest wines - Château de Haute Serre rubbed shoulders with Château Margaux and wines from Pommard on the menus for great meals of the time - Georges Vigouroux took up the challenge to bring about the rebirth of the estate. Through years of relentless work, self-taught Georges Vigouroux, passed his passion for wine handed down to him by his forefathers on to his son, Bertrand-Gabriel, who joined the family firm in 1989 after studying oenology. Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux does everything possible to perfect the work embarked upon by his father and to allow the Malbec vines planted on this unique terroir to give the best of themselves. The technical directions taken are without concession and the choices made are those of excellence: high density replanting (6 060 vines per hectare) use of eco-friendly vinegrowing and tending techniques, ageing in new oak barrels, trials with wood from different origins and work on toasting suitable to Malbec.