'Beautiful glossy blackcurrant coulis appearance, the nose is intense, packed with the ripest of bramble fruits, a mingling of spices, nutmeg, cedary notes, plus hints of black olive & garrigue. The palate is all plum & blackberry coulis, subtle spice, an abundance of bright fresh acidity which balances the concentrated fruit perfectly, tannins are firm and a touch grippy but not astringent. Very accomplished.' Colm Douglas, Le Caveau
This new cuvée Cantalouette replaces Cuvée des Contis Rouge, which replaced Bergerac Classique last year... You do have to bare with these Artisan Vignerons sometimes.. :)
The grapes come from Tour des Gendres, organic certified own vineyards. The grapes are Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, grown on a mix of sand, clay and limestone soils.
As with all of Luc's wine, this cuvée has been delicately put together, one can sense the perfectly ripe and healthy fruit, gentle and soft extraction resulting in a pure and perfectly balanced wine.
TOUR DES GENDRES Bergerac, Ribagnac - Organic
Luc de Conti is a wonderful character and one of the finest wine-maker of his generation, he feels passionately for his wines, his 54-ha vineyard and his Bergerac region.
Luc is looking for purity and intensity in his wines, relentlessly searching to reach the maximum potential of each vintage.
Viticulture is organic and biodymanic, the soil is nourished with seaweed and silica treatments to encourage microbial activity. Yields are low, 5 to 6 grapes per vine, manual picking and selection of ripe and healthy grapes is essential; on the top cuvées there are several ‘tris’ 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.
In recent vintages, Luc’s wines are losing in extraction and gaining in tension, balance and tend to drink younger.