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A Queen in Malbec Land

Vineyard Lisa By Lisa, the 04 November 2018

 

In the Lot valley, in the heart of Cahors’ vineyard, is a castle with a rich and unusual story. The Château de Cayx, surrounded by a vines’ ocean in Luzech, belong to the Danish Royal Family !
Some  famous owners
First traces of the castle date back to the 15th century. It’s famous because of its glorious inhabitants. Jean-Jacques Lefranc de Pompignan is part of them. This literature man was also a member of the Académie Française in the 18th century and the father of Olympe de Gouge.
After some dec ades being a land rent, the catle were sell to the Miran’s family and then to the Danish Royal Family :  Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband HRH Prince Henrik.
This investment wasn’t a coincidence. Actually, HRH Prince Henrik was born as Henri de Laborde de Montpézat and grew up between Indochina and the Lot’s valley...more precisely in Albas, from some kilometres of the beautiful house located above the Lot river.
Some prince’s cuvees
The castle is the French house of the Queen, but it’s also a charming vineyard, with some 24 hectares of vines. They mainly produce malbec grapes. By the way, red and rose wine are 100% malbec from the “Cuvee Majesté” to “La Royale” or “Malbec du Prince”. The white wines are created with chardonnay grape variety.
Caïx or Cayx ?
The experts from the valley wouldn’t miss the spelling difference between the hamlet of Caïx (part of Luzech) and the Château de Cayx around a hundred meters further.
Here is the story of the curiosity: Some centuries ago, the castle’s name was spelled this way. So HRH Prince Hendrik chose the “y”. It was also easier to pronounce and spell this way in Danish language.
How to discover the Château ?
The Château de Cayx is open all year. You can also discover it, by booking, with Vinovalie – Côtes d’Olt, located in Parnac. Enjoy all the morning tasting Cayx’s wines and visiting this amazing castle. You’ll have a look to Prince Henrik’s tribal art collection or have a walk in the private gardens.

In the Lot valley, in the heart of Cahors’ vineyard, is a castle with a rich and unusual story. The Château de Cayx, surrounded by a vines’ ocean in Luzech, belongs to the Danish Royal Family !

Some  famous owners

First traces of the castle date back to the 15th century. It’s famous because of its glorious inhabitants. Jean-Jacques Lefranc de Pompignan is part of them. This literature man was also a member of the Académie Française in the 18th century and the father of Olympe de Gouge.

 

After some dec ades being a land rent, the catle were sell to the Miran family and then to the Danish Royal Family :  Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband HRH Prince Henrik.

 

This investment wasn’t a coincidence. Actually, HRH Prince Henrik was born as Henri de Laborde de Montpézat and grew up between Indochina and the Lot’s valley...more precisely in Albas, from some kilometres of the beautiful house located above the Lot river.

 

Some prince’s cuvees

The castle is the French house of the Queen, but it’s also a charming vineyard, with some 24 hectares of vines. They mainly produce malbec grapes. By the way, red and rose wine are 100% malbec from the “Cuvee Majesté” to “La Royale” or “Malbec du Prince”. The white wines are created with chardonnay grape variety.

 

Caïx or Cayx ?

The experts from the valley wouldn’t miss the spelling difference between the hamlet of Caïx (part of Luzech) and the Château de Cayx around a hundred meters further.

 

Here is the story of the curiosity: Some centuries ago, the castle’s name was spelled this way. So HRH Prince Hendrik chose the “y”. It was also easier to pronounce and spell this way in Danish language.

 

How to discover the Château ?

The Château de Cayx is open all year. You can also visit the vineyard during summer, from monday to saturday at 3:00pm on a guided tour.

 

Finally, you can also discover it, by booking, with Vinovalie – Côtes d’Olt, located in Parnac. Enjoy all the morning tasting Cayx’s wines and visiting this amazing castle. You’ll have a look to Prince Henrik’s tribal art collection or have a walk in the private gardens.

 

A book about the château and its story is at your disposal fro reading, at the Tourist Offices of Puy-l'Evêque and Prayssac.

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