Château Tour des Gendres Cuvée des Conti is a blend of three interesting varieties – Semillon gives this white its herbal, grassy edge, Sauvignon Blanc comes in with grapefruit and Muscadelle rounds it off with notes of white pepper and mint.
Château Tour des Gendres was founded by an Italian family that settled just south of Bergerac in south west France in 1925 and set up an agricultural business. Luc de Conti, part of the third generation of the family, 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 estate’s first wine, a red, called Château 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 trialed 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.
Food matches: A wine best enjoyed with seafood – really very enjoyable indeed.