The town of Cahors is the largest town we would usually visit during your stay at Perigord Retreats and flawlessly combines modern civilisation with historical preservation. The capital town of the Lot is built on a natural peninsula closed in on 3 sides by the river Lot.
Most famous in modern times for exporting ‘Cahors’ wine varieties – predominantly Malbec, a dark, meaty type but also smaller quantities of Merlot and Tannat. The gravelly slopes rising from the river lot hold the fruitier flavours. On the limestone plateaux above the slopes, you’ll find the tannic, longer-lived wines.
A good Cahors compares well to a good Bordeaux, but substantially cheaper due to the reputation of Bordeaux varieties. Fortunately there are several producers of Cahors wine who are successfully restoring the reputation to its medieval glory days.It was exclusively Emperors, Popes and Kings who drunk the Cahors “black wine” during this period.
There are also some beautiful chateaux to visit, including Chateau du Cedre, Clos Triguedina or Chateau Lamartine, Mas del Perie. If you’d like to read more about the Chateau tours, follow this link.