History of Chateau de Cabidos

Six Centuries of Love

1419

The Heart Begins to Beat!

It was in 1419 that Arnauton Guilhem of Vignau, New Baron of Trubessé, discovered Cabidos and immediately fell in love with its beauty and exquisiteness! From these magnificent southern exposed hills, unfold the magical splendor of the Pyrenees. He was then able to transform what was previously a modest looking house into what is today known as The Chateau de Cabidos, and where later, he engraved his arms “of gold to the eagle of sand holding in its beak an arrow Gules, a silver tail with his baron’s stamp: a headset tarnished face decorated with its bead and lambrequins supported by two griffins »… The rich and generous soil allowed him to grow vines that were turned into white wine of quality greatly appreciated in the court of Henry V, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine.

1554

A Valiant Heart!

In 1554, the title of Baron de Trubessé was passed to Jacques. He, then completed considerable renovations in which he only kept two turrets from the original structure and added a main area more adequate to the lifestyle of a noble family. It is to him that we owe the creation of sweet white wine on the lands of Cabidos. His subjects, in recognition of his great goodness, gave him the nickname of “the good one”. The generations that later followed were divided between working in the vineyards, in the lands, servicing the king, and the church. They then built the wine cellar to preserve the produce of Cabidos vines.

1793

A Heart and Blood!

In 1793, during the dreadful Revolution, the Château de Cabidos was pillaged and set on fire by a band of revolutionaries from the plains of Béarn. The Baroness of Cabidos saved the life of her family and the rest of the estate by directing the sans-culottes to the cellars where their rage dissipated by drinking all the wine produced in the castle. The torment passed, and the descendants of the family worked to gradually rebuild the castle and its estate, particularly the garden which was built in its present form as well as the Chapel of the Virgin of the Apocalypse inside the castle tower.

1972

In the Heart of the Vineyard!

It was in 1972 that Isabelle, great-granddaughter of Marie-Catherine de Trubessé decided with her husband Count Philippe du Cauzé Nazelle, to move to this magical place where he had formerly spent most of his youth vacations.  It took them twenty years to restore the castle and its surroundings and replant on the hill next to it twenty-one acres of vine with autochthonous variety, Petit-Manseng. Since the first bottling in 1995, nine hectares of vines have been replanted.

In 2002, an air-conditioned winery was built and in 2007, Mrs. Méo Sakorn-Series, became the Maître de Chai and Technical Director. In 2017 Meo was named Knight of The National Order of Merit in recognition of her work and her connoisseur’s knowledge of wine.

2015

The Heart at Work!

It is in 2015 that the Alday family discovered Château de Cabidos. Facing it, at the end of a long driveway lined with Tuscan-style cypresses, stands the beautiful and harmonious residence and its walled garden with century-old walls classified as a historical monument.

Passionate about history and a lover of wine, Robert Alday falls for the charm of the castle and its vineyards. The Petit-Manseng grape in its historical terroir, the know-how of the team in place, and the search for excellence, made him continue the work which had started six centuries ago in accordance with the motto Arnauton Guilhem du Vignau “I walk!”.

2018

The Recognition of The Heart!

At the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards, considered the most influential wine competition in the world, L’Or de Cabidos 2011, an exceptionally fluffy white wine, earned the Gold Medal with a score of 96/100.

Decanter 2018

  • Gold medal: L’Or de Cabidos 2011 (96 points)
  • Sylver medal: Gaston Phœbus Doux 2014 (91 points)
  • Bronze medal:  es Anesses Doux 2013 (88 points)

Vignerons indépendants 2018

  • Gold medal: Gaston Phoebus 2014

Also present in the International Wine Challenge competition, one of the major international competitions of the circuit where each year nearly 14,000 wines are presented, Cabidos was also honored with a silver medal and 92 points for its Gaston Phœbus Sec 2014.

These awards, recognizing the know-how and the hard work accomplished, are not but one step towards the excellence sought by the Alday family for these white wines, both dry and sweet, in the Petit-Manseng grape variety and its most western red wine of the Syrah grape variety.

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