Winemakers Since Four Generation
Surrounded by 37 hectares of rows of vines cultivated on the ancient terraces in the Lot Valley, Château Lamartine is a family winery located in the Cahors vineyards. Lise and Benjamin, the siblings and members of the fourth generation winemakers of the Gayraud family, handle the vineyards’ work and produce top-class red and rose wines within Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.
Brother & Sister Carrying the Family Tradition in an Ancient Winery
In 1870, when the Phylloxera hits the wine industry, the Gayraud family ancestors turned into stonemasons. Later, they built Château Lamartine in 1883 in place of a century-old oak tree. It was the 20s when Edouard Sérougne, great-grandfather of Lise and Benjamin, planted vines on family-owned five hectares of land. Back then, he sold his wines in barrels. In the year 1955, the company’s first bottling took place. He died in 1975, bequeathing the property to his daughter, Carmen, and son-inlaw, Adrien Gayraud. At the young age of 19, Adrien’s son, Alain, took over the winery and introduced his wines throughout the globe. After selling millions of bottles worldwide, he gave the winery’s command to his children, Lise and Benjamin.
Cahors – Terroir of Origin of Malbec
Most of the family-owned plots are covered with Malbec (85%), the flagship grape variety of the estate, and other red varieties like Tannat and Merlot. On 2.5 hectares, the estate grows white varietals, including Chardonnay, Chenin, and Viognier. Enhanced by Southern exposure, the grapes enjoy a perfect microclimate and freshness of the clay-limestone territory.