Vines first arrived in Quercy with the invading Romans, over 2000 years ago. It wasn’t long before the region began producing wines so good they put their Italian counterparts to shame! The Emperor himself ordered the vines of Cahors to be ripped up in 92 AD, but the order was never carried out…
Over a millennium later, the Hundred Years’ War put an end to what had been a long period of prosperity for the region: a decree of 1373 promoted the wines produced in the Bordeaux region by levying heavy taxes on those produced further inland, especially the wines of Cahors. In spite of this discrimination the wines of Cahors retained their strong reputation, and were highly prized by some of history’s greatest figures: Francis 1st had ‘Cahors’ vines planted at his palace at Fontainebleau, and Tsar Peter the Great of Russia ordered the Russian Orthodox Church to use Cahors wine when celebrating communion. Beginning in 1865 a highly destructive microscopic aphid began wreaking havoc upon France’s vine stock: the famous Phylloxera blight. Twelve years later all of France’s vines were infected, and the vineyards of Cahors were completely destroyed. In 1947, a handful of winemakers founded the Parnac co-operative winery, with the aim of reviving the Malbec grape, the original Cahors variety.
In 1971, with only 440 hectares of planted vines, Cahors was awarded AOC status. Since that time the surface area of planted vines has multiplied tenfold. Planted in a horseshoe formation around the winery, this vineyard is located on the highest terraces of the Cahors appellation, in the Quercy Blanc region. The clay-limestone substrate is covered by a thin topsoil, producing wines typical of the Cahors appellation, matching the aromatic complexity of the Malbec grapes with a great power and volume on the palate. An estate whose reputation is founded upon the consistency of its wines.
Place of the estate : Bagat en Quercy
Average production : 260 000 bottles
Area of the vineyard : 50 hectares
Soil: Clay and limestone
Grape varieties : 85% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 5% Tannat
Average age of the wines : 30 years
Vinification : Stainless steel & concrete vats
Ageing : Vats & barrels
A very concentrated, intense colour. An expressive bouquet of cooked black fruit. The bouquet boasts good balance, providing both substance and power. The aromas of liquorice and vanilla are in perfect harmony with the supple, smooth tannins.
Matching with food
This wine of wonderful, full substance can be tasted breast or confit of duck.
To be tasted between 16° and 18°C
To be enjoyed now, or kept for 8 to 10 years.