TOUR DES GENDRES, Ribagnac Biodynamic
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 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.
Moulin des Dames rouge is grown on the same parcel as Moulin blanc, it is matured in Aquitaine oak barrels (50% new), the blend is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot (35%) and Cabernet Franc. The robe is dark, almost black with purple hints. The ultra-inviting nose is richly fruited – morello cherry, nutmeg, cassis, black prune, seeds – with elegant toasty notes. The palate is dense, with perfect balance between the weight of fruit, tannins and acidity; it is followed by very persistent notes of ripe dark fruit and flowers on the finish.
“The star wine of the estate. With this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown on a 3.5-ha plot, Luc de Conti exhibit his enormous talent. Rich, opulent nose of ripe berry, plum, liquorice, smoke and elegant oak. Massive structure, exceptional. Drink from 2003 to 2015.”