Château Gautoul is a twenty-hectare estate in the heart of the Cahors region. The origins of the estate date back to the 17th century. The château was restored in 1992 by its then owner, Alain Sendrens, chef of the legendary Paris restaurant, Lucas Carton. Sendrens’ vintages brought Gautoul international acclaim. The property was purchased by Eric Swenden in 1998. The château is a magnificent 18th-century chartreuse in perfect condition to this day. It has a commanding view of the village of Puy l’Eveque and the Lot River valley.
The vineyard, which was modernized in 1992, is planted to 80% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 4% Tannat. It faces due south and is cultivated according to the principle of sustainability, known in French as culture raisonnée. The variety of 5 distinct soil types helps give Château Gautoul its unique character and ensures the perfect maturity of the fruit. Vineyard work is done throughout the year to ensure the highest quality wine. Strict pruning after harvest, green harvesting and leaf stripping are all carried out as conditions warrant, all in order to get the most out of each parcel and varietal. The goal is to attain concentration and complexity in the vineyard, as oppose to through vinification and aging.