In 1992, Hervé Joyaux Fabre, a former wine merchant in Bordeaux, tasted a Malbec in the outskirts of Mendoza and was utterly seduced by it. He purchased the Mendoza estate with his childhood friend and they went on to successfully create award-wining wines. In 2017, Hervé and his wife Diane, decided that they had to invest in Cahors and, along with their friends and associates, they became the new owners of the Vignobles Saint Didier Parnac, situated on the impressive limestone plateau of Les Causses. Hervé’s philosophy is very much one of minimal intervention, he believes that wine should be an expression of the fruit and the vineyard. He has won countless awards, including IWC Red Winemaker of the Year in 2018.
Overlooking the meandering River Lot, the Prieuré de Cénac dominates the valley and the slopes of the Causse. The terroir is distinguished by the limestone plateau, which is covered with clay soils, rich in iron and manganese which nourish the vines and the limestone base imparts elegance to the wines. With long, warm and sunny growing seasons and moderate rainfall the thick-skinned Malbec reaches good maturity levels.
The vineyard is farmed following organic principles; without the use of herbicides or pesticides and is in conversion to organic status. Les Vignobles St Didier Parnac also holds the HVE certificate for sustainable cultivation.
Aged in vats and French oak barrels for 12 months to impart subtle complexity. Prieure De Cenac, Cahors Malbec from Les Vignobles St Didier Parnac is very fragrant. With aromas of violet, spice and a subtle menthol note which are underpinned by ripe dark-berried fruit. Rich and complex, with concentrated inky fruits balanced by beautiful freshness through to an elegant finish.