Bergerac Rouge "Cuvée des Conti" Château Tours des des Gendres, Organic 2019
Château Tours des des Gendres, Bergerac
Vincenzo de Conti along with his wife and children settled down in South-West France in 1925. 1956, his son Primo de Conti took over the family agricultural business with his wife Michelle, who looked after a couple of horses, and with his brother Albert. Luc, the 3rd generation, settled down at the farm in the early 80s, following his passion for horses. He inherited several old vines, and planted more plots later on, while his wife Martine started managing the receptive side of the business.
His cousin Francis, with whom he grew up with in this large family, joined Luc, Matine & the business in 1990. He brought with him 20 hectares of vines planted in the Saint Julien d'Eymet and Grand Caillou areas, and took charge of the vines.
styles not too far removed from their neighbours in Bordeaux that are generally a bit easier on the pocket, their Bergerac Rouge 'Cuvée des Conti' being a case in point. It's made from mainly Malbec and Merlot which is farmed strictly according to Organic and Biodynamic principles. Fermentation and lees ageing takes place in stainless steel - there is no oak ageing - to retain a bright primary fruit character.
It has a lovely nose of cassis, mint and peppery spice and is soft and rounded on the palate with attractive plum and dark fruit flavours and a dry, savoury finish. Very moreish indeed.