Château de Mercuès reopens restaurant and kitchen following extensive refurbishment

Located in south-west France’s Lot Valley, Château de Mercuès by the Vigouroux family has unveiled the stunning one million Euro refurbishment of its Michelin star restaurant Le Duèze and its kitchen

Since shutting its doors in November 2017, the culinary facilities have undergone a dramatic transformation with heritage architect Axel Letellier translating the Vigouroux family’s vision of a new space that fuses history and modernity.

The most striking new feature is the chef’s table, which sits prominently in the redefined kitchen. It is an important edition and a celebration of the awarding of executive chef Julien Poisot’s first Michelin star last year.

The restaurant

12 layers of paint were removed from the walls, some dating back to the 19th Century, leading to the discovery of the original green colour pallet. The colour was reproduced and the walls repainted, with new upholstery and sumptuous grey velvet curtains adorning the windows, transforming Le Duèze’s two spacious dining rooms into cosy and inviting spaces.

Italian designer Vibia was commissioned to create the modern industrial-esque droplet chandelier which now proudly sits in the main dining room. The historic tassel chandelier that once graced the ceiling has been restored and moved to the small Grimardias lounge.

Designed by Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux, an exquisite new piece of art hangs on the wall. 27 bottles of the Maison’s wines have been meticulously combined, with lighting that highlights the vintage of each bottle.

Even the positioning of the tables was considered during the redevelopment, to ensure optimal presentation of chef Poisot’s cuisine. Each table is now silhouetted by its very own light beam.

The kitchen

The most striking changes have occurred in the kitchen where a load-bearing pillar was removed, leading the way for a new layout. A cosy and informal chef’s table for just six people has been created, allowing guests to experience the culinary genius of chef Poisot and his team first hand. Those dining here will have their meal served on new porcelain plates that were hand-made in Limoges by Jacques Pergay.

A new high-tech kitchen has been installed by Albareil Quercinox, ensuring the culinary team have the finest tools at their disposal. And with the reopening of the restaurant comes an exciting new menu by Poisot, inspired by the abundance of regional produce.

From Bouyssou’s farm marbled duck foie gras terrine with black truffle from Lalbenque and pan-fried fillet of red mullet with a selection of green vegetables, to passion fruit soufflé with exotic fruit sorbet and a light praline mouse with a hazelnut biscuit and pistachio ice cream, guests won’t be disappointed. Poisot will also be serving his Occitanie inspired seven-course tasting menu.

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About Château de Mercuès

Situated a short distance from the historic riverside city of Cahors, in Lot, south-west France. This magnificent 13th century castle, built high on a rocky promontory, was the summer residence of Counts and Bishops of Cahors for 700 years before being transformed in 1983 by local winegrower Georges Vigouroux, into a prestigious wine estate.

Now owned and operated under his son, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux, this 30-room luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel boasts 40 hectares of Malbec vines, an underground winery and ageing cellar underneath the castle terrace.