The château is imbued with history, and legends link it to Jeanne Aymet, who is said to have had an affair there with Henri IV. Château Leret-Monpezat has 36 hectares of vines in the heart of the appellation, between the limestone plateau and the Lot valley. More faithful to the wine of Cahors than to his lover (which provided the background to the traditional French song, Ne pleure pas Jeanette or « Don’t Cry, Jeanette », Henri IV would have undoubtedly appreciated the wine of Château Leret Monpezat.
Beautifully vivacious with impressively rich aromatics, it is the perfect marriage between Malbec and the terroir of Leret. In partnership with Jean-Baptiste de Monpezat since the 1990s, the Vigouroux family built a wine cellar and introduced modern and rigorous techniques with regard to both viticulture and winemaking. The wine is now aged in oak barrels and everything possible is done in the vineyard and cellars to respect the environment.
The estate takes up most of a plateau between on one of the meanders of the Lot river between Albas and Belaye. The clay-limestone soil features alluvial deposits dating from the Tertiary Period on a stony subsoil. There are also outcrops of large round stones from the former riverbed. Consisting primarily of Malbec (80%) and other regional grape varieties such as Merlot and Tannat, the vineyard (replanted between 1965 and 1975) is grown sustainably, with grassing between vine rows, leaf thinning, green harvesting, low yields, and long ripening. The soil is kept well-drained in order to maintain the terroir and protect it from erosion.
The vineyard benefits from optimum sun exposure and there is a light breeze on the plateau all year long. The microclimate is exempt from excessive cold and spring frosts, and escapes the other extreme of heat wines in summer. This makes for good, even ripening.