Area of production : AOP Cahors
Soil and climate : The vineyards are located on the southfacing 3rd level terraces of the Cahors region.
Grape varieties : 100% Malbec
Climate conditions : Spring began with very mild, even unusually warm temperatures and a rainfall deficit in April and May. An exceptionally sunny June provided perfect conditions for flowering, followed by 60 mm of rain in the middle of the month. The weather remained nice until the longed for rainfalls (without strong thunderstorms) in the middle of August. The vineyards were enjoying perfect health and despite of some rainfalls early September, the grapes ripened under best conditions.
Type of winemaking : Selective harvesting, full destemming and crushing.
Fermentation at 30°C, pigeage twice daily.
Maceration for 25 days.
Tank aged for 20 months. Light filtration.
Estate bottled. Storage in temperature controlled cellars.
Type of ageing : Aged for 18 – 20 months (90% in concrete tanks, 10% in oak barrels).
Tasting notes : A welcoming bouquet of cassis and pepper, evolving towards ripe fruits and hazelnuts. Juicy and crisp on the palate, due to fresh acidity and well integrated tannins. This wine demands to be shared with some good friends, accompanied by succulent food: Pork roast with mushrooms, lasagne, stuffed vegetables, gratin…
Tradition is the first or introductory wine from Haut Monplaisir. As with all the domain’s cuvées, this is 100% Malbec. Tradition is made and raised primarily in concrete vats, with 10-20% raised in neutral barrels. Aromatically intense, with rich spicy mineral fruit, this is a long, earthy rendition of Malbec. Production averages 4,200 cases.
Since 2009 all of these parcels have been farmed organically, and certification came in 2012