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Malbec legend Georges Vigouroux dies aged 83

Published:  11 February, 2019

Georges Vigouroux has passed away, aged 83. The funeral will take place on 11 February at 10am in the Cathedral Saint Etienne of Cahors in Cahors, France.

The Vigouroux estate described him as a “pioneer of viticulture, leading the revival of the Cahors vineyard in the early 1970s. His impetus was incredibly inspiring and led him to usher in a new lease of life to the appellation, with the replanting of the grape on his native land. It is said that the Malbec black grape flowed through his veins.”

It added that “before long the beautiful wines of the Château de Haute Serre were gracing the menus of long-established restaurants, and as Georges’ drive to develop and grow the most divine grapes increased, so did the demand for château’s vintages.

“However, Georges was not content with this success and the visionary looked for a new challenge acquiring flagship Relais & Châteaux property Château de Mercuès in 1983. Just a few years later Georges began the construction of the winery, signally an exciting new beginning for the château and his precursor into wine tourism.

“Georges legacy continues today, with Château de Mercuès leading the way as a renowned property for culinary and wine tourism, with a Michelin star for its restaurant Le Dueze. The demand for the Château de Haute Serre vintages continues to grow across Europe, the USA and most recently into Asia.”

It also said that over the last decade Vigouroux had “gradually entrusted the steering of the group to his son Bertrand Gabriel Vigouroux, who will now continue in his father’s footsteps” and that Vigouroux will be “greatly missed by the Vigouroux family, the industry and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.”