Rich red fruit, powerful tannin, and elegant, understated oak
Chateau de Mercuès, Georges Vigouroux
88% MALBEC, 15% MERLOT
92 points Wine Enthusiast
Château de Mercuès Malbec wines are noble. Georges Vigouroux renovated the château to restore it to its former glory and to qualify it for the Relais & Château network.
An extremely well made wine: rich, intense, and subtle, with a great combination of fruit and spice. Very dark red with purplish-red nuances and a nose of red fruit, spice, and vanilla. Very rich on the palate with hints of candied morello cherry and sweet spice underpinned by powerful tannin and elegant, understated oak.
Château de Mercuès Grand Vin makes any occasion special. It is an ideal match with refined dishes such as a pasty-covered pot of pollack, chanterelle mushroom tempura, red mullet in a salt crust, and roast breast of duckling.
The vineyard is planted in a superb silty-clay terroir ideal for wine growing. The vines are located on the third terraces of the Cahors valley and its density is extremely high with 6666 vines/ha. On those vineyards, we selected the best rows.
Wines from each plot are kept separate in order to fine tune the final blend and pumping over is done to extract the best possible tannin from the Malbec grape skins. The wine is aged 12 months in cool, dark cellars, partly in new Allier oak barrels.
“A firmly extracted wine, this is still all about tannins. Power comes from the richly tannic structure, black fruits that are slowly developing and density. The juiciness of the fruit shows at the end along with the acidity, both promising a good future. Drink from 2024.” – 92 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast