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Château Haut-Monplaisir

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Cahors, France

Cathy and Daniel Fournié organically farm 74 acres of nothing but Malbec vines in the grape's ancestral home of Cahors. Throughout the Middle Ages, it was the black wine from here that was revered most in the western part of France. In fact, it was even added to Bordeaux to bump up its body and presentation. Cathy inherited the vines from her father, who spent years selling to negociants, and enlisted the help of dynamic winemaker Pascal Verhaeghe to work towards a modern revival of a forgotten about corner of French winemaking.

Château Haut-Monplaisir - website, Vintage 59 profile

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Cuvée Tradition

This basic Cahors is Haut-Monplaisir's juicy, forward table wine. Fermented mostly in concrete and a touch of neutral oak, this medium-bodied and slightly rugged offering leads with tangy blackberry fruits balanced by aromatic hits of spice and smoke.