A little (his)tory
Anyone would think the Domaine de Labarthe had always been here, in this gentle Reignac Valley – named after the stream that runs along it. The former 16th century smallholding belonging to a lawyer from Cahors, and a century later occupied by monks of the order of Saint Augustine, is still a remarkable example of fine architecture.
The original building with its seven openings to the east, the exquisite 18th century charter house, the vaulted cellars, the old wine store and the monumental barn, together with two pigeon lofts, are all still standing, bearing witness to the importance of the estate and of its owners over the years.
The fortunate Valet family who lived and prospered there expanded the vineyards started by the monks. The fine Labarthe wines were sold as far afield as Bordeaux!
The estate, with its wines, tobacco fields and walnut groves was farmed until the 1950s. It has always been a favourite place to stay, and in the darkest moments in history, a refuge.
Today, although much smaller, the estate continues to cultivate walnuts: we have 7 hectares on which we grow the Franquette variety.
Wine, the current owners’ business and also passion, is closely linked to the estate, with a Malbec wine called ‘Canonicat de Labarthe’.
Labarthe, an elegant family home and guesthouse
has welcomed visitors from all over the world
for some thirty years.
The Tour d'Issandre
To the south, facing the olive grove,
the elegant little tower
with its four-sided roof
typical of the region, marks the corner
of the former flower garden.
It was named after the old mill
at the bottom of the estate
by the monks, who used
it as an oratory.
Today it houses
a small well-being centre.
The ancient barn
The huge barn (180 sq. m.)
is one of the major historic outbuildings
of the Domaine de Labarthe.
It was mentioned as far back as the late 16th century.
Designed as a stable barn in the Auvergne style, it used to have two levels:
the ground floor housed the animals
and the huge loft above could
hold vast quantities of hay.
It is now restored and used