Created in 1999, Domaine Cosse et Maisonneuve is the result of the combination of two talented oenologists and winemakers: Matthieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve. Matthieu, the winemaker, is a graduate of the Institute of Enology in Bordeaux, and Catherine, the oenologist, holds a BTS viticulture and oenology in Blanquefort.
Fifteen years ago, they took over a 5-hectare estate in Prayssac, a short distance from Cahors, planted with old vines of Malbec, and set out to make wines that are the antithesis of the rustic image of Cahors. Their very first vintage was a cuvée called Les Laquets, but they quickly expanded the range of their wines, creating separate cuvées to reflect the identity of the different terroirs of the estate.
Cosse et Maissoneuve wines are not the norm for Cahors. The wines are full of fruit, but they are uncommonly elegant and round for Cahors, not at all the old-school rustic style that people often associate with the ‘typical’ Malbecs from the area. Their winemaking is precise and accurate, yielding elegant, smooth and aerial wines that truly express the terroir, and have incredible aging potential.