One day, in the 1990s, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux was particularly struck by the very old vines of this beautiful small hillside vineyard.
This came at a time when the Vigouroux family wished to extend their know-how beyond Cahors. They soon became interested in Château Tournelles because of its great terroir potential. Wishing to make a wine neither like Bordeaux, nor Cahors, and working within parameters such as grape varieties imposed by the appellation rules, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux set about creating a fine wine epitomising the best of Buzet.
Rarely planted in the appellation, but legally authorised, Malbec is, according to him, the key to the appellation’s renaissance. So he planted this variety on the 15-hectare vineyard, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.
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Vines over 30 years old, a well-reputed vineyard with alternating gravelly and clay-limestone soil overlooking the Garonne river valley, as well as an oceanic climate propitious to making good wines of various kinds, but each reflecting its terroir. Very rigorous methods in the vineyard, including a density of over 6,000 vines per hectare. Traditional winemaking techniques revolve around extracting elegant tannin and leaving the wine on the skins for about 18 days to concentrate fruit and flavour. The fermentation temperature is maintained at approximately 30°C. The wine is also aged traditionally for at least one year.