Ch‚teau de Cayx vin de Cahors AOC
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Situated at the heart of the wine district of Cahors, the Château de Cayx is listed as far back as the 15th Century. An ancient fort constructed to control the traffic on the Lot River, it sits alongside the flanks of a hill and overlooks a curve of the river as well as the small village of Caix, situated within the district of Luzech. The bastion, which underwent numerous renovations and extensions over the centuries, now stands as a vast freestone mansion.


In the course of the 18th Century, the Château de Cayx became famous under the ownership of the author and playwright Marquis Jean-Jacques Lefranc de Pompignan who, although he was a member of the Académie Française, is nowadays better remembered for his feuds with Voltaire than for his literary achievements.

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark, born Henri Laborde de Monpezat to an ancient family of the region, bought the Château de Cayx in 1974 and undertook important renovation works. A native of the region and an enthusiastic art lover, the Prince patiently reconstituted over the years an authentic example of architectural heritage.

Today, the château stands as a beautiful 18th Century mansion dominated by a square tower and flanked by four 15th Century pepperpot towers. A vast terrace extends from the southern terrace towards the vineyard. Under the impulse of Prince Henrik, the original 21-ha vineyard of the Château de Cayx has been progressively replanted. The vines that benefit from an optimal southern exposure overhang a curve of the Lot River.


Over the centuries, the place name Caïx was spelt in many different ways: Caysse, Cays, Cais, or Caïx. Prince Henrik chose the spelling « Cayx », since it is the most plausible and the most easily pronounced; it also avoids the false diphthong of the phoneme « ai ».


The motto composed by Prince Henrik that adorns the sundial of the Château de Cayx: "Nulla fluat in caïano
Quae non meminisse velis".


 
 

The renovation works lasted nearly ten years. As Prince Henrik likes to put it, the Château was then emptied like a lobster after it is eaten: only the outside walls were preserved.

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The land at the Château de Cayx has always been dedicated to viticulture. In his days, the Marquis de Pompignan wrote about his vineyard at Cayx in those terms:

“The young vine’s culture,
Newborn hope will nurture
And some day bring glory and pride
And enrich and adorn the hillside.”

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« Nulla fluat in caïno
Quae non meminisse velis. »
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« "Nulla fluat in caïano
Quae non meminisse velis".
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