A stay at Château de Mercuès
encourages a stroll through centuries of art and history. 13th century
Mercuès was the summer home and ancient dwelling of the counts
and bishops of Cahors for more than 1200 years. Specially selected
as one of the first Relais and Châteaux properties, it is
now a beautiful hotel, which has returned to its original vocation
as a wine-producing estate, proud of its historic past.
The year 1992 signalled the arrival of the manager, Bernard Denegre,
who was joined 5 years later by the accomplished chef, Phillipe
Combet. Throughout the years, through their combined effort, the
place has developed a special, almost sublime, spirit of its own
with a penchant for professionalism.
In its present incarnation, its fairy-tale turrets and towers
converted into sumptuous and authentic guest rooms are individually
decorated but all are impossibly rich. Some with stone walls and
exposed timbers, others more refined, with fabric-covered walls
and ornate antique wardrobes.
Gastronomically famed, the château enables you to savour
a superb marbre d'asperges vertes au foie gras à la vinaigrette
d'huile de truffes, famous in this area, before deliberating over
the elegance of the latest vintage wines produced in the château's
superbly stunning vaulted cellars.