Our History

Here you are in the heart of the Cahors appellation, to discover the origin of the famous grape variety Malbec. Let yourself be guided towards rare and intense delight. The Château Haut-Monplaisir, situated at Lacapelle-Cabanac opens its doors, and you are more than welcome.
When we took over this family property of 15 hectares in 1998, we had the ambition to create a genuine range of wines and to set up our own sales network step by step. Being autodidacts, driven by an urge for learning and being backed up by renowned technicians, we have taken our time to observe our terroir, to understand our soils and plants in order to extract the essence of our grapes. And while always remaining autonomous, we have approached Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe (Château du Cèdre), two of the greatest “creators of Malbec” in the world.

 

“Observe our terroirs to understand our soils and plants, in order to draw the very best from our fruits.”

 

A successful collaboration, which allowed us to affirm with accuracy the style of each of our cuvees. After having decided to put cover growth in between the vines and totally ban the use of herbicides, we logically entered into conversion towards organic farming for the entire property. Started at our arrival at Château Haut-Monplaisir, this conversion is now accomplished. Today our estate covers nearly 30 hectares of vines.
In 2015, our daughter Mathilde joins us to hold the business and the marketing parts and obviously share our passion.
To fully experience the Cahors Malbec, we invite you to discover our history and our estate, to understand our terroirs, to savour our nectars…, to share our passion.

 

Enjoy your visit.

 

 

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

"Create wines as natural as possible"

Out of respect for our terroir, our health and our clients,

we use working methods that are respectful to the environment

and a sustainable development.

Please find here our own charta of quality:

Vigne enherbée

Cover growth between the rows

Use of rotary inter-vine hoes for ploughing the soil under the vines

No use of chemical weed killers or pesticides

No use of chemical fertilizers

Leaf-stripping of the canopy facing sunrise in July,
leaf-stripping of the canopy facing sunset in august

Yield control plant by plant

Low yields (between 30 and 50 hl/ha),
depending on the cuvee

Tri Manuel de la vendange

Harvest at optimal ripeness

Grapes picked by machine

The entire harvest is sorted by hand

Vinification controlled by daily tastings

High control of sulphites added

Long maceration with gentle extraction,
in order to respect the purity of the fruit

Aging of the wines in tanks and oak barrels

The wines are all bottled at the estate, without filtration

Storage in air-conditioned warehouse