century Mercuès Château was the summer
home of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors for more than
The Hundred Years' War and Religious
Wars damaged the château considerably. It was
torn down, restored and burned in succession for over
In the 17th century, the Château
de Mercuès regained its magnificence and was
embellished with a terrace and gardens.
Restoration work was completed at
the end of the 19th century.
In 1983, a Cahors' winegrower, named
Georges Vigurous, acquired the château and made
it one of the finest hotels in France.
In 1992, the Mercuès Relais
& Château was given further boost by the arrival
of Bernard Denegre, the hotel's manager. And in 1997,
Philippe Combet was named hotel chef.
Throughout the years the place
has developed a special, almost sublime, spirit on its