On some of the most beautiful land in southwest France, ChÃ¡teau Tour des Gendres sits in the appellation of Bergerac. This centuries-old stronghold of classic French food and wine culture is located on the bank of the Dordogne River, a 90-minute drive east of Bordeaux.
The de Conti family has run the farm here since the early 1900s, but only in 1986 did Luc de Conti and his brother, Jean, decide to plant the vineyard and embark on a new adventure of viticulture and winemaking. In 1994, they became the first in the region to move away from pesticides and chemicals and turn to 100 percent Organic farming. The property is planted with Sauvignon, SÃ©millon and Muscadelle for whites, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec for reds. The de Conti family produces two delicious entry-level wines: Tour des Gendres Classique Blanc and La Gloire de Mon PÃ©re (the red), both recognized as classic wines for the region. Along with the iconic cuvÃ©es of Moulin des Dames and Anthologia, these wines reflect the experience and passion of the de Conti family, as well as the rugged charm of their singular terroir.
ChÃ¡teau Tour des Gendres is a household name found on virtually every fine wine-list in France, yet it is little-known outside France. These wines provide outstanding value; they are approachable and pleasurable, crunchy and bright, with an abundance of fruit. They are a truly great alternative to Bordeaux.
The hallmarks of the estate's wines are balance, power and freshness from vines grown on a mixture of limestone and clay soils. No additional sulphites are used and the wines are unfiltered 'Le Classique' is a velvety blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec that is ideal for drinking now. Very approachable, this is best served with flavourful food.
An opaque red-purple in colour. Intense aromas of mint and cassis with some peppery and vanilla notes. Soft and round on the palate with flavours of plums, red cherries and spices backed up by hints of vanilla and chocolate. Soft and fruity with a long finish. Serve with French onion soup, beef stroganoff or roast duck. Great with Parmesan cheese too.