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Château Haut-Monplaisir, Cahors

"Haut-Monplaisir is obviously a promising terroir, making this a name to watch." (Andrew Jefford, The New France, Mitchell Beazley)

Château Haut Monplaisir is based in the commune of Lacapelle-Cabanac, west of Cahors. The 28 ha estate is on the so-called third terrace of layered gravel deposits covered with galets. Cathy Fournié took over the estate in 1998 from her father who had sold everything off to négociants but, with her husband Daniel, she decided to pursue estate-bottling and they enlisted the help of Pascal Verhaeghe of nearby Château du Cèdre (on the second terrace) who saw the potential and became, effectively, technical director of the estate. The red wines are pure Malbec, the ultimate expression of the traditional black wines of Cahors. They are very rich with a Claret-like depth at a fraction of the price. The Founiés have recently decided to go a step further than lutte raisonnée, having started the conversion process to organic status. More...

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