Bergerac Rouge 'Classique', Chateau Tour des Gendres, France 2016
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Organic – family owned – 52 hectares – eco-friendly
Chateau Tour des Gendres
Chateau Tour des Gendres, in the south-west of France near Bergerac, is now controlled by the 3rd generation of the de Conti family, who originally settled in the region in 1925. The 52 hectare estate is home to many of the region’s typical grapes, with whites including Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle along with black grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Head winemaker Jean de Conti uses these resources to produce fantastic organic wines that concentrate on fruit, balance, power and freshness.
Certified fully organic in 2005, the estate’s approach was very much a family-orientated decision according to head of communications Luc de Conti, who argues that producing wines that are more with one with their surroundings creates a better life for his family as well. He insists that through learning about the earth, we also learn a great deal about ourselves; a fact that the de Conti family think aid them in producing wines that best express their values, personalities and, above all, their terroir.
A wonderful character and a fine wine-maker, Luc de Conti's exuberant wines reflect his personality. This wine is no different, a delectable blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Malbec that displays black fruit flavours and a generous mouthfeel.