In the heart of the Cahors vineyard, nestles an estate with a history as rich as it is atypical. The Château de Cayx, bordered by numerous vines, in the commune of Luzech, has belonged to the Danish royal family since the last century!
A bit of History
The first traces of the Château du Cayx in history date back to the 15th century. Especially known for the illustrious people it sheltered, it welcomed Jean-Jacques Lefranc de Pompignan in the 18th century, a man of letters, member of the French Academy and father of Olympe de Gouge.
After many years of tenant farming, the castle was sold to the Miran family, then to the Danish royal family in 1974.
The happy owners are Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband, Her Royal Highness Prince Henrik.
This investment by the royal couple is not, however, a coincidence. Indeed, the late Prince Henrik, born Henri de Laborde de Montpezat grew up between Indochina and the Lot valley, more precisely Albas... a few kilometres from the house perched high above the Lot.
In Vino Veritas...
If Château de Cayx is the French residence of Queen Margrethe of Denmark, it is also a superb wine estate, with 24 hectares of vines, mainly Malbec plots.
This is the exclusive grape variety used for the estate's red and rosé wines: from the majesty to the royal, including the Prince's Malbec. As for the white wines, they are made from Chardonnay.
Cayx or Caïx
The spelling of Château de Cayx differs somewhat from that of the village of Caïx, a few hundred metres from the estate, in the commune of Luzech.
There is a simple reason for this. Prince Henrik, who often spelled it this way in the writings of past centuries, preferred the "y" to the "ï" to facilitate pronunciation and spelling in the Danish fashion.
Discovering the castle
The Château de Cayx shop is open all year round. It is also possible to discover the estate, by reservation, with Vinovalie - Côtes d'Olt, a cooperative cellar located in Parnac. You can then take advantage of half a day to combine tasting the estate's wines with a visit to this prestigious building, including the Prince Consort's Art Premier collection and the private gardens of the château.
Château de Cayx
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