Château Haut Monplaisir Cahors Prestige French Wines

£18.05

This selection of superior parcels from the estate is an intense, vivid take on Cahors. It combines a modern style of supple black fruit with a whisper of oak and then the characteristic firmness of structure on the finish.

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Features
Producer
Château Haut Monplaisir
Type of drink
Red Wine
Size
75cl
Ingredients
100% Malbec
Region
South-West
Country
France
Production
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Alcohol
14%
Vintage
2014
The Artisan Winery
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Camille Berry is the in-house Sommelier for The Artisan Winery. Food and wine writer Camille Berry began her career as a sommelier, working for a variety of esteemed restaurants including Hakkasan San Francisco, and Chef Charlie Palmer's Burritt Room + Tavern, where she oversaw the wine program. She has helped develop dynamic wine lists, cocktail programmes, spoken on panels, and worked as a wine educator.

During the course of her career, Camille has earned various wine accreditations including the WSET Level 3 Advanced Award in wines, Certified Sommelier, from the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, and continues to educate herself further in the world of wine. She has twice competed in the Western Regionals for TopNewSomm: a professional sommelier competition for under-30s and in the Chaine de Rotisseurs' Best Young Sommelier Competition. As a writer, she shares her passion and know-how within the food and beverage sphere through her articles. Camille contributes to publications such as Food and Wine, Prevention, Experience Life, and Taste of Home, in addition to various wine and food-focused websites. She also works as a wine consultant, recipe developer, and copywriter for several world-renowned wineries.

Producer

Château Haut-Monplaisir is a twenty-eight hectare estate owned by Cathy and Daniel Fournié. Cathy inherited it from her father, who had sold all the wine off to négociants. On taking over in 1998, however, she and Daniel decided to aim for top quality, and bottle at the château. Pascal Verhaeghe, a successful Cahors producer in his own right, has endorsed the Fourniés’ belief in their excellent terroir from the beginning, and still consults at the estate.

Vineyard

The vineyards of Château Haut-Monplaisir lie just south of the river Lot, on the third of the three alluvial terraces that rise above the river. This third terrace is composed of clay-flint soil covered in galets (large stones), and is generally considered the best of the numerous Cahors terroirs. Yields has been reduced from 120 hectolitres per hectare in the bad old days to a maximum of fifty under the new regime. Since 2009, the vineyards have been in conversion to organic viticulture.

Winery

The grapes were hand-sorted, destemmed and crushed, and then fermented at 27-28ºC in stainless steel tanks with twice-daily punching-down. After a 25-30 day maceration, the wine was racked to barrel (one third new oak) for twenty months’ maturation. It was bottled without filtration.

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