2018 Château Haut-Monplaisir "Tradition" Cahors

SKU #1533100 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a bold, ripe wine from a top Cahors producer. It has dense tannins without too much weight, giving aging potential to the ripe fruit. Spice and blackberry flavors have plenty of life ahead of them. Drink this fine wine from 2022. *Editors' Choice* (RV) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

K&L Notes

Cahors, the ancestral home of Malbec, has experienced a renaissance in recent years. In its heyday, the wines of Cahors held more prestige than those of its neighbors in 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 Château Haut-Monplaisir. Cathy and Daniel Fournié (and now daughter Mathilde) of Château 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 "Tradition" is brought up in concrete tanks and 30% neutral barrel preserving its varietal character. This a beautifully ripe and rich Malbec that reflects the "traditions" of the region. (Certified Organic)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2021 | Send Email
So filled with generous fruit, this Cahors is a benchmark example of classic French Malbec. It has a juicy core of raspberry fruit surrounded by sweet tannins. A great crossover for fans of Argentine Malbec and also anyone who just loves a delicious full-bodied red at a reasonable price.

By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2021 | Send Email
I tasted the "Tradition" from Haut-Monplaisir in a lineup of about 15 other wines from various categories, and this is the one that stopped me in my tracks. I kept coming back to it because it is so. darn. impressive. It's an outstanding example of French Malbec: inky and floral with spicy black fruit undertones; elegant on its feet yet serious with brooding aromatics. There's great texture without being heavy at all. Organically grown by a small family domaine and clocking in at under $20? This is going to be on heavy rotation for me.

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