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2014 Château Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1337217 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Wood aged and serious, this is a finely balanced wine. Its spice and toast notes are beginning to come together with its young, exuberant fruit and acidity. Black currant flavors dominate, giving it a crisp, juicy edge. Drink this impressive wine from 2021. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Cahors, the ancestrale home of Malbec, has experienced a rennaissance in recent years. In its heyday, the wines of Cahors held more prestige than those of its neighbor Bordeaux but when phylloxera struck in the late 19th century, it took decades for the region to make a comeback. Long overlooked, the region has quietly modernized and advanced and one of the best wineries to emerge in this new wave is Chateau Haut-Monplaisir. Cathy and Daniel Fournié (and now daughter Mathilde) of Chateau Haut-Monplaisir farm 75 acres organically in the Lot Valley on what is known as the third terrace of the valley floor, the highest and the best by virtue of its well-drained soils. All of Haut-Monplaisir's wines are composed of 100% Malbec staying true to the distinctive nature of the grape variety. The "Prestige" is brought up in a mix of new and used oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfined and usually with little to no filtration. It is the most classic example with its deep flavors of currants, spices and minerals.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Back to back successes with the Haut Monplaisir has solidified it as one of our favorite Malbecs from any region. Both the 2011 and 2012 were quick sell throughs with their level of quality, concentration and power. The '14 offers up something even more special in my opinion. Sweet black plum. It was such an evident marker, I would have used it in a wine class on flavor profiles. It's not the only thing going for this wine though with its beautiful blackcurrant, gorgeous weight, full-bodied texture and loads of spice notes. It is a hallmark Malbec showing the best of what can come from its home region of Cahors. Easily the sexiest of the last few vintages, you would be hard pressed to keep your hands off this beauty while serving it with hearty winter fare and dare I say even some grilled Argentine steak?! Let's show those southern hemisphere Malbecs how it's done old-school French style.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
This Cahors will turn heads of those Malbec lovers not familiar with its home in France. Woodsy and earthy yet possessing a intensity of fruit that it is sure to please anyone. Pomegranate, dark berries and a touch floral as well. Very nice indeed!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
Don't think of this Malbec in quite the same way that you're accustomed to thinking of the grape. This is French Malbec at its best--with restraint and structure, capable of aging, and an excellent complement to steak. While it still has the enchanting black fruit and spice characteristics that we love in this varietal, it is neither jammy nor sweet-fruited, but well-balanced, with an excellent structure. If you're a Bordeaux fan, or love Bordeaux-style wines, this is absolutely one you should try.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2018 | Send Email
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When most people think of purchasing a bottle of Malbec they invariably seek out the lush, full-bodied, fruitful red wines of Argentina. Not to argue, but it’s easy to forget if they ever remembered, that Malbec’s true home has always been in Southwest France, in the misbegotten wines of Cahors, where it flourished for centuries until the phylloxera bug and devastating frosts almost annihilated it. We’re forever thankful that it survived, as Haut-Monplaisir has defined in almost textbook fashion what this grape will give you in temperament, pleasure and finesse when grown on the soils of its native land— luscious, aromatic blackcurrant fruit augmented by licorice, vanilla and spice, with a silky suppleness and weight that poured itself with aplomb into the glass. Stunning Malbec, and I guess if the bottle could speak it might say ‘don’t cry for me Argentina’!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2018 | Send Email
I love this producer so much. I have a thing for savory wines, and the Haut Monplaisir has that in spades. Meaty, gamey, almost a touch bloody aromatics with dark, dark, black fruits and earthiness on the palate. It's has some serious weight and concentration, but still displays a silky texture with rustic tannins and exceptional balance. My all-time favorite cahors.

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