Grapes: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
An Italian family that settled just south of Bergerac in SW France in 1925 and set up an agricultural business. Luc de Conti is the third generation, inherited some old vines and planted more parcels, while his wife managed the rest of the business. They were joined eventually by Luc’s cousin, Francis. The wine, a red, called Chateau Tour des Gendres Rouge was made in 1986, followed by a white next vintage, and the gastronomic wines called Moulin des Dames a few years later. In 1994 they trialled organic farming on the parcel called “Les Gendres” and by 2005 had converted their entire farm to organic viticulture. They continued to experiment and innovate with single plot farming for each of the grape varieties, experimenting with zero-sulphur winemaking and transitioning away from new oak to using foudres and even amphorae.
'La Gloire de Mon Pere' is the pick of the reds, a blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it spends 12 months in oak and 6 months in bottle before release.
Dark and rich, this knocks spots off any Bordeaux at this price point. Perfect with steak or Sunday lunch or alternatively a large plate of ripe cheese and charcuterie