Draft of an original wine estate
- A family estate run by Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe
- 27 hectares of vineyards
- Red grape varieties: 90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat
- Encépagement blanc 1ha de Viognier, 0,7 ares Sémillon, Muscadelle, Sauvignon
- The vines are 20 to 55 years old, with a planting density of 4000 to 5500 vines per hectare
- Yields are limited to 30 hectolitres per hectare
- A vineyard team of 12 people, which means an average of 1 person for 2,25 hectares of vines
- Brand mark: the centenary cedar tree at the entry of our estate, the symbol of entirety
- Mission: Satisfy the wine lovers and the passionate
- Daily position ascertained by dead reckoning: Move forward, experience new ways.
Château du Cèdre
Léon Verhaeghe from Morsleede in Flanders, left his native country in the early 20th century to settle in south-western France. His son Charles together with his wife Marie-Thérèse started a farm with mixed cultures in 1958 planting some vines on the property, and adding one hectare of vineyards in three different plots every year.
The call of the vines
While still distilling lavender, Charles bottles his first wine in 1973. His sons, Jean-Marc and Pascal belong to the second generation. A passionate of motor cycles, Pascal discovers or “rediscovers” the vineyard while visiting a friend in Burgundy, Jean-Marie Guffens in 1980.
“During the “Route du Bol d’Or”, a motorcycle race, I just stopped to salute Jean-Marie… I stayed several days and did my first real harvest.”
Eight years later, after having studied enology in Macon Davayé and experienced wine making in Burgundy and at Saintsbury in the Napa Valley, he decides to take over the estate, together with his brother Jean-Marc, a qualified oenologist who obtained his first wine making experience at La Tour Blanche in Sauternes.
While Jean-Marc is responsible for the vineyards, Pascal takes care of the wines and their distribution. From the beginning, their project is based on a great complicity and the convergence of their points of view.
1995 the year of emancipation
It all has been put to a test by a difficult vintage, with 80% of the vineyards damaged by hailstorms. Jean-Marc and Pascal question their way of farming, considering they have to reveal the potential of the terroir and to lower the yields.
“There is an unearthly dimension with vines, you always get more in return than you gave.” By building up the terroir and getting closer to nature, the vines gained balance, giving more taste and quality to the grapes. The style of Château du Cèdre was born.
Le Cèdre Diffusion
Le Cèdre Diffusion was created in 1995 to commercialise the wines of our partner estates in Cahors, where we also advise in the vineyards and cellars. The fact that these partners enhance the number of bottles labelled with their own name every year is a real sign of success for us. It’s our contribution to the development of the Cahors appellation.
Developing our brands
Cahors has a unique and superb terroir. This means you may create great and complex wines that will evolve for years, as well as more simple and lighter wines with similar characteristics due their origin. Wine brands allow us to propose typical “commodity wines” to our customers.
2000, Domaine Marcevol dans les Côtes du Roussillon
Together with our friend Guy Predal, a wine maker from Perpignan, we took over the vineyards of a retired vigneron. 12 hectares of vines aged from 15 to 95 years, on small terraces some 300 to 600 meters above sea level, the whole production being organic. As those vineyards are difficult to access, almost all work is done by hand. Due to the high altitude and the special climate of this terroir, ripening is slow and acidity and freshness of the grapes are preserved. This is a precious advantage in hot wine regions. To know more about the wines of Marcevol, please contact us.