History of Puy l'Évèque
"Puy" comes from the Celtic word " Puech" which designates a high site on which the city will develop from the 11th century onwards. The Bishop ( l'Evêque in french ) of Cahors, Guillaume de Cardaillac, took possession of the town in 1228 - during the Albigeois crusade - and gave it his present name : l'Evêque.
During the Hundred Years Warn the British occupied it several times. It thhen takes its final form. This grouped habitat, depending in the episcopal palace, is what is called a castrum.
In the 13th century, the city exented from the present town hall to the Cale, on the edge of the Lot, where the wine loads os Cahors were carried out.
The river represented most of the means of communication; The Gabares ( wooden boats ) transported the goods from l'Evêque to Bordeaux.
In 1910, Puy l'Evêque appeared in the background of the bridge with wood structure. Several times strenghtened to increase its payload, it had become, a century and a half after its construction, inadequate to the trafic. Demolished in 1989, it was replaced by a double-track bridge inaugurated on Saturday 1 December 1990.
(Postcard badrike-Source: Discovery and memory of my village Jacques Mayssal )
Puy L'Évêque and surroundings
Puy l'Evêque is a medieval village, in the Lot department, registered for the protection of historic Monuments since October 26, 1944. Storied on the right bank of the Lot, in one of the most picturesque sites of the valley downstream from Cahors in the heart of the appelation of origin controlled, the old houses of the city with beautiful ochre stones are dominated by the dungeon and the church.
The valley of the Lot
Departing from Cahors, in the valley of the Lot, you will pass through picturesque villages like Douelle, a former active centre of the town, with its remarkable fresco of Chamizo on the river Quayz; Luzech, clinging from the High Middle Ages to the two hills of a rocky isthmus; Albas, suspended from its cliff and reputed for is big feast of wine of Cahors " The good air is in the cellars", and finally l'Evêque, medieval town in floors on the banks of the river in the heart of the wineries of Cahors of great renown. Let yourself be astonished by the breathtaking views from the cevennes of Parnac or the village of Bélaye.
By pursuing the valley of the Lot towards the gates of Aquitaine, you will cross a valley preserved from the Thèze which will take you from Duravel by the villages with the more ochre stones of Saint Martin le Redon, Montcabrier, nice little bastide and Cahord until the Château de Bonagil, main site of Aquitaine or Sarlat in the Dordogne.
By borrowing the Cevennes, you will reach the most unusual causses with their typical vegetation of junipers, dogwoods, boxwood, oaks and their characteristic local architecture with their houses in bolet, its cayrous or cazelles. From villages like Sauzet, Floressas or Mauro, you can enjoy the many hiking trails that will that you to Montcuq, in the Quercy Blanc.
(Source : Tourist office of Puy l'Evêque )
The vineyard of Cahors
The vineyard of Cahors is a Terroir of exception and legend. With an area of 4200 hectares, the vineyard extends into the valley of the Lot, from Cahors to Soturac ( By Luzech; Albas; Prayssac; Puy l'Evêque; Duravel...) and limestone causses (Villesèque ; Sauzet ; Floressas ; Sérignac ; Mauroux...)
According to the Terroirs, the Cahors wines are present for all the tastes. The typical nature of the Malbec is found in the aromas of violets, blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries; as well as vanilla, liquorice, cinnamon, truffle... in the aged wines.
The wine of Cahors is described as a romantic, mystical, sacred and legendary wine. This description represents the natural and landscaped environment, the history and te colour of the Cahors AOC.