Cultivated since the 15th century, the vineyards of the domain have been replanted and are now perfectly maintained. As early as 1980, Alain Dominique Perrin replanted the ancient Pigeonnier Vineyard overlooking the Lot River. Today, these 2.7 hectares of Malbec yield “Le Pigeonnier”, the most prestigious wine of the estate, first produced in 1997.
On the 2nd and 3rd Terraces of the Lot.
Established on the second and third terraces of the Lot, on silt-clay soil on gravel, with a foundation of Kimmeridgian limestone dating back more than 150 million years, the estate extends over 90 hectares. Planted with Malbec (83%), Merlot (16%), and Tannat (1%) – these three grape varieties combine to give the wines of Lagrézette their character and authenticity. As the principal grape of the Lagrézette estate, Malbec expresses power and elegance – integrating licorice, aniseed and red berry aromas. Tannins are rich and cellaring potential is exceptional.
Perrin extended the Lagrézette vineyards to include ten hectares of exceptional vineyards in Rocamadour, situated 50 kilometers north of Cahors. Rocamadour vineyards were first planted 2000 years ago.
The region’s hillsides were selected for cultivation by Roman legions due to the remarkable terroir. But disaster struck in the Middles Ages. A bitter frost swept through the region, destroying every single vine. Grape cultivation ceased and was completely forgotten for centuries.
In 2001, Alain Dominique Perrin made history when he decided to move forward with plans to cultivate Viognier and Chardonnay there. Small quantities of Syrah are grown as well. He named the vineyard Domaine du Mas des Merveilles after the prehistoric Merveilles cave in Rocamadour ; famous for its fascinating 20,000-year-old wall paintings.
The grapes for Mas des Merveilles Viognier grow on limestone clay soils on a Kimmeridgian foundation.
Alain Dominique Perrin seized the opportunity to further expand the vineyard holdings of Lagrézette, when 20 extraordinary hectares located on the third terrace of the Lot River Valley, became available for sale by the Monmayou family. The vineyard lies mainly on a Kimmeridgian limestone base. The high quality of the soil here is unique – as are the optimum climate conditions – due to the immediate proximity of the Lot river microclimate and southern orientation.
As a tribute to Marguerite de Massaut, the grande dame of Lagrézette, who undertook the first grape harvest in 1503, Alain Dominique Perrin named the Domaine de Landiech property after her: Terroir de Massaut.
At the time of purchase, the legendary vineyard had been abandoned for many years. Alain Dominique Perrin took the decision to remove the existing Malbec vines. To avoid damage to the fragile ecosystem, no chemical disinfection of the vineyard soil was employed.
In the Fall of 2007, a cover crop of grain further cleansed the vineyard. And then – in 2009, Malbec replanting commenced. On the parcel, there are 12 vineyard locations on 4 different terroirs. (1) Gravels (2) Red Clay (3) Clay with Fine Gravels (4) Clay with small amounts of Lot River Alluvial Sediment. Each vineyard site has been precisely matched to specific rootstocks and Malbec clones.
With great anticipation, 2011 saw the first harvest – a vintage described as “full of finesse and elegance.
The wines of Lagrézette are produced with great sensitivity; the core philosophy centers on natural winemaking principals :
- Prolonged pre & post fermentation maceration periods.
- Fermentation under strict temperature controls
- Regular pump-over & punch-downs depending upon the vintage character
- Malolactic fermentation & elevage in new oak barrels
Domaine Lagrezette :
Land of Malbec