Chateau Tour Des Gendres has been owned by the family of Luc De Conti since the early nineteenth century when Luc’s grandfather Vincenzo moved to Bergerac from Italy. A wonderful character and a fine wine-maker, Luc de Conti’s exuberant wines reflect his personality. Luc is a true Vinarchiste, looking for purity and intensity, the maximum expression of the potential of the grapes. In the vineyard the soil is nourished with seaweed and silica treatments to encourage microbial activity. According to him the soil is lifeless (“a cadaver”) and it is a fifteen-year process to rid the ground of pollutants. Manual picking and selection of ripe grapes is essential; on the top cuvées there are several tries in the vineyard, and the wine will only be released if it reaches the highest of standards. The blends will also change according to the physiological ripeness of the grapes. This vigneron even riddles the grapes on the vine, giving them a quarter turn. Madness or pertinence or the countenance of sublime perfection? They are certified organic and use careful vinification techniques to ensure the truest expression of the terroir and vintage.
The Anthologia Rouge is fermented in 500-litre barrels which are turned (roulage) to give a gentler extraction. Power and sweetness allied to refinement and purity – the crowning achievement of a true Vinarchiste.
80% Merlot, 20% Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc (exact blend of these last three is not specified, but thought to be around 10%/8%/2%).
Chateau Tour Des Gendres Anthologia Rouge 2008 is predominantly Merlot with intense almost opaque appearance with a complex nose of black berry fruit, liqorice and spice. Full bodied with firm yet sweet tannins and a rich, opulent finish. It is easy to understand why Luc’s wines are considered some of the best and most exciting of the region.