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Your base will be Château de Mercuès, a boutique hotel located in a 13th-century castle and wine estate owned by the Vigouroux family and part of the Relais & Châteaux association of luxury hotels.

Here you will stay in one of the lavish rooms, offering sweeping views of beautiful French countryside and the meandering Lot river. You’ll enjoy the best of France, from exceptional Malbec wines to fine Michelin-starred dining at Le Duèze, with dishes inspired by local produce such as black truffles and Quercy lamb.

Nearby, explore the medieval town of Cahors with its famous bridge, half-timbered townhouses and domed cathedral. Head down to the river for a cruise, or go fishing or water skiing. Then take an excursion to visit the caves of Pech Merle, famed for their prehistoric paintings of mammoths, horses and bisons. Back at the hotel, relax on the terrace, go swimming in the pool, play a game of tennis or learn about the home-grown Malbec wines on a tour of the château’s impressive wine cellar, followed by tastings.

And, if you are visiting Château de Mercuès in February, you’ll have a chance to go black truffle hunting with Christine Vigouroux and her dog Iago, join the buyers and sellers at Lalbenque’s weekly truffle market and savour a three-course truffle-inspired lunch. 

The prize for two people includes:

  • €1,100 contribution to your return flights to Toulouse, and transfers to and from the airport
  • Four nights full board in an Icon Suite at Château de Mercuès
  • A La Table du Chef seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings at the hotel's Michelin-starred Le Duèze
  • Welcome flowers and a bottle of Georges Vigouroux Bellefleur de Haute-Serre, Brut Rose sparkling wine
  • A private visit of the Château de Mercuès winery and tastings
  • A truffle experience, which includes a three-course lunch at La Table de Haute-Serre, truffle hunting and a visit to Lalbenque with Julien Poisot, Executive Chef at Le Duèze. This experience is only available on Tuesdays in February.

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