Château Pontac Monplaisir

Château Haut-Monplaisir

Tradition Cahors Malbec

Vintage 2020 | The Tour de France ended today in… Cahors. This wine is great value, loaded with raspberries and beautiful smell. Easy going taste that I do not expect from Cahors, but it exists. Well done. Paired with braised veal cheek. — 2 months ago

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I think they have Rocamadour tomorrow before the Champs finish in Paris the day after.

Château Pontac Monplaisir

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Feiner Nachtrunk zur UBBBP Vol 30 — 3 years ago

Niels IndefreyDon Simon
with Niels and Don
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Château Pontac-Lynch

Quintessence Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Luxurious #margaux #bordeaux, mushroom, forest floor, violet on the nose. Reserved elegant dark fruit, some cocoa, lovely acidity for the backbone and fine well-integrated tannins. A little tight as it wasn’t decanted as long as it should have been due to eager drinkers. I can see this could age easily another 5- 10 years, but what a treat for friends over on Saturday night. — 3 years ago

Château de Pez

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Created in the 15th century, de Pez is the oldest domaine in Saint Estèphe. The Pontac family gave Pez its vineyards. The property was purchased by Champagne Louis Roederer in 1995. Deep red with fresh fruit aromas and floral spice. Dry firm tannins with good structure allows for further aging. Savory on the finish with earthy mineral, needs decanting. — 6 years ago

Cru Monplaisir

Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

Very nice wine for the price — 5 months ago

Neely Thornton
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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

David T
9.5

So, if it’s my birthday celebration, there is a juicy ribeye & some old(er) Claret.

My only disappointment with this bottle is as good as it is, there are better things still down the road.

The nose reveals classic Claret. There are earthy, funky fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets.

The body is medium full with rounded, nicely resolved, tarry tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are really singing. It would be good to have another 2001 LMHB in ten years. While 2001 wasn’t a critically acclaimed vintage, I think LMHB over performed the vintage. As well, it followed a grand 2000 vintage which, handicapped it from the start. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries, bright cherries, rhubarb, figs, with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry top soil, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice with soft heat, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The acidity is excellent...like a gentle rain shower. The long finish is elegance defined, extremely well balanced ending in soft, round, dry, dusty tannins with beautiful spice.

Photos of; Chateau La Mission Haut Brion & estate vines, beautiful barrel room, pond & Roman columns and the back vow of the Chateau.

Please indulge me while I post some history on this grand producer. As much as I love the wine, I love the history & people that do the hard work to bring us such great wines.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Chateau Haut Brion. However, they are opposite side of the road neighbors. La Mission Haut Brion dates back to the late 16th century. The property came into being after it was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533. US winery history is a baby compared to France.

In 1607, the estate changed hands. It was inherited by Ms. Olive de Lestonnac. What an inheritance!

In 1815, something rare happened. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion became the property of an American owner, the Chiapelle family. At the time, the family was already involved in the Bordeaux wine trade. In fact, they knew about the business as they had managed a myriad of different estates including Chateau Cos d’ Estournel.

La Mission Haut Brion continued to change hands until it was finally sold to another American family, the Woltner’s. Frederic Woltner purchased La Mission Haut Brion in 1919. The also became owners on Howell Mountain.

It changed hands one final time in 1983 when it was purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of neighboring, Chateau Haut Brion. They renovated the entire property, starting with replanting the vineyards which, was completed in 1987.

The 26 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is planted to; 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. 3.5 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux.

To produce the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, the wine is vinified in large, 180 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and aged in 100% new, French oak for an average of 22 months. The annual production of La Mission Haut Brion averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases per year.
— 2 years ago

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@David T great review
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Enjoy !
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@Stuart Scheff Thank you! Cheers! 🍷

Château Haut-Monplaisir

Pur Plaisir Cahors Malbec 2003

Palmer Emmitt
9.0

Mmmm…dirty. — 6 months ago

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Château Haut-Monplaisir

Prestige Cahors Malbec 2012

Dry, medium acidity, scent of liquorice, sandalwood and ashes. Aromas of earth, burnt meat, spices, berries. — 4 years ago