Estates / Chateau Lamartine

Chateau Lamartine


Jerome Gayraud

REGION: Southwest France

Château Lamartine is located in the most westerly border of the Cahors Appellation, on osme of the oldest terraces in the Lot Valley. The estates 37 hectares of vineyards that have a terroir of clay and limestone are south facing which allows the Malbec grapes to mature to perfection. Four generations of the Gayraud family have continued the tradition of using the utmost care in both their vineyards and in the cellar. 

They believe in creating wines that express the terroir in its purest form. Work in the vineyards is focused on regular attention to working the soil to ensure that it has the vital minerals that are needed to grow healthy vines, which creates grapes that have a lively balance of concentration and complexity. Green harvesting is the norm and allows for a moderate yield. 

The grapes are carefully sorted, during fermentation, the cap is hand punched and modern thermo-regulation tools are used during the winemaking. The cellar houses over 100 French oak barrels from different barrel makers. It is in these barrels that some of the finest wnes of appellation age to perfection.

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Wine Region:

Southwest France

Southwest France, which comprises Aquitaine, Limousin, and Midi-Pyrénées, is fourth in terms of the largest wine producers in the country. As is in the name, it spans all of the southwestern portion of the country, with the notable exception of Bordeaux. The wines in the area lean more towards Atlantic than Mediterranean build, much like those of Bordeaux.  

The terroir of Southwest France varies as far and wide as the wines made there. The Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean give the area a mostly maritime climate, although the inlands are more continental – therefore hotter and drier. The rivers Tarn, Lot, Garonne, and Dordogne variety to the soil types of the region, as do vineyards such as Bearn that lie on the slopes of the Pyrénées (with its different altitudes, aspects, and soil stone types. 

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Ugni Blanc 
Petit Courbu 
Cabernet Sauvignon 
Gros Manseng 
Petit Manseng 
Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Sauvignon 

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