France: South West France

Valleys of the Tarn and Lot

The wines of Cahors, Gaillac, Fronton and beyond
By Paul Strang

This Guide was last updated on 28 July 2011
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Domaine de Merchien

Address: Penchenier, 46230 Belfort-de-Quercy
Tel: 05 63 64 97 21  Fax: 05 63 64 97 21
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:15:21N (44.25575)    Longitude: 1:34:43E (1.57833) 

It is not English chauvinism; David and Sarah Meakin are among the best growers in the Coteaux du Quercy, a rising appellation south of Cahors which produces full and fruity wines, mainly from the Cabernet Franc grape. David and Sarah also make other eclectic wines (try their ‘JAS’ from Jurançon Noir, Abouriou and Syrah) and also brew a dark and heady beer.

Useful information: Open 11.00 - 19.00 except Wednesdays and Sundays when visits are by appointment only. They also have a blog at


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