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The wines of Château Tour Gendres possess the wild charm of our distinctive terroir, the contribution of each member of our family combined with all our passions and talents help us produce wines that are truly representative of all that is unique and special about Bergerac. Products in organic farming, our white Bergerac Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle and our Bergerac reds, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec are vinified in a style favoring the fruit, balance, strength and freshness.

The vineyard
52 hectares of AOC Bergerac
Cultivation techniques: organic farming since 1994 and certified organic conversion since 2005 AGROCERT
One Domiane and 3 vineyards
Le Gendres: clay and limestone on Marne from Manbazillac.
Le Grand Caillou: caly and limestone on Marne from Castillo
Saint Julien d’Eymet: clay and limestone on Marne and sediments on Marne from the Agenis
Grape varieties typical of the Sud-Ouest
White: Semillon50%  Sauvignon 30% Muscadelle 20%
Red: Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Malbec  15% Cabernet Franc 5%

History
Vincenzo Conti of his wife and children settled in the Southwest of France in 1925. In 1956, Primo de Conti, his son takes over the family farm with Michelle, his wife, who is raising a few horses. Belonging to the third generation, John, guided by his passion for the land and Luc, guided by his passion for horses, settled in Ribagnac in the early 80′s. For several years, with their wives, and Martine Carol, they carry out their projects separately.

In 1986, the Conti brothers came together to form a common project. They combine their properties, and create the SCEA de Conti, family farm and vineyard. After improving the vineyard, the family members have split the various taskes among themselves: Jean takes care of the agricultural grain and Luc of winemaking and wine marketing, Carol supports accounting and Martine, the home ownership. Francis, their cousin, joined the operation in 1990 adding his 20 hectares of vineyards of St. Julien of Eymet Gendres to the vineyard He is now in charge of vineyard management.

The instinct of family
“Epicureans of nature, we have learned to organize the work of the family to maximize  the conditions for a life of pleasure. Each in his specialty, we strive to work the land and vines, vinified wines, welcome our customers and manage the area. This strategy, this joy of life, gives us the satisfaction of working and living together, and expand our operations while being involved in the regional development of our area.. We enjoy the present while preparing for the future … it’s the instinct of family. ”

Known since the twelfth century as the wine farm of the castle of Bridoire, ownership of Gendres is located on the site of an ancient Gallo-Roman villa. Referenced in the Feret 1903, our field is named after its then owner, Monsieur de Peyronny, none other than the son of the Marquis de Foucault Lardimalie, lord of Bridoire. Destroyed by phylloxera in the early 19th century, the vineyard now only is a tenth of the size it once was.

Vignerons who are forward thinking and committed, we are taking an active part in transmitting our knowledge. Authenticity and typicity make the personality and success of our wines. The Muscadelle à petits grains and the Malbec are the historic grape varieties of our appellation (they have been here in Bergerac for a thousand years). Let’s learn how to grow them naturally, learn to elaborate and blend the wines and we will make a gesture in favor of our terroir and environment.

Organic farming is the idea of Luc de Conti. “I wanted to restore the natural balance … I felt that I could produce wines of character more and more assertive … I wanted to see further and ensure a better family life. ” By practicing organic farming, we discovered a few secrets of the natural mechanisms, we realized that we were part of a whole, one and indivisible. Every day we see its benefits on our vineyards, our wines and our environment.

The mechanisms of organic agriculture are complex, here are some keys.
Herbicides destroy life in the soil tillage under each vine aerates and purifies the earth Chemical fertilizers trivialize the land and the natural compost promotes the life of the basement and reveals the character of the soil
Chemical treatments weaken the vine treatments using natural products against diseases strengthen the Plantings to “companions” promotes biodiversity and reveals the character of the soil
Planting plants with high root penetration – as the oats & phacelia – promotes aeration and the life of the soil.
Deep rooted, vines enjoy the coolness of the soil and mineralization of the bedrock Enhancing biodiversity in the soil acts on biodiversity at the surface and reveals the character of the soil insects, earthworms, rodents and birds live in the vineyard, they graze, touch and land on the berries and deposit natural yeasts, the true signature of the soil
The physico-chemical equilibrium of the earth, the exploitation of all layers of Soil, and the strength of our vines have naturally changed the taste of our wines, the alcohol level is lowered, the natural acidity is increased, the mineral character of our land is stated on our white and red wines, tannins are ripe and soft and the flavors are typical of their plot of origin.
The persistence of these features perfect the style of our wines, these are qualities appreciated by wine lovers and easily recognizable.

Since our conversion to organic farming we have witnessed a significant transformation of the vineyard. Before 1994, our soils were dying, threat of erosion and asphyxiation. Foam and indicator plants in the middle of anaerobic soils and compacted to resist herbicides: quack grass, sorrel, dandelion and bindweed were common. Since 1994, the excitement! Ecosystems seem to be strengthened.

Cuvée des Conti Bergerac Blanc 2012

This wine has a pale golden hue. The fresh aromas of tangerine, pink grapefruit before a crisp mouth wide, with a nice sweetness. The Classic White ideally accompany fish, seafood and white meats sauce.

APPELLATION: Bergerac Sec
SOIL: Cold – calcareous clay loam soils of Agen with dominance of clay. South, gentle slope.
BLEND: 70% Semillion , 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscadelle
VINIFICATION: Eraflage total. Macération film. Débourbage natural froid. Fermentation in stainless steel vats (18 ° c). Remise suspended macro-oxygenation and lees. Minimum Filtration

Classique Rouge 2010

The color, garnet red with violet hues, is sustained and profound. The nose is clear powerful, with ripe fruit and sweet spices. The palate has a nice fine structure. There are aromas of ripe fruit. This wine is a nice overall balance, ends on a nice sweetness. The “Classic” is the wine of unannounced visits: it accompanies all dishes with generosity and simplicity.

APPLLATION: AOC Bergerac Rouge
SOIL: Cold – calcareous clay loam soils of Agen with dominance of clay. South, gentle slope.
BLEND: 50% Merlot & 50% Malbec
VINIFICATION: Total de-stemming. 30-day long fermentation and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats and in barrels. Maturing on lees in stainless steel tanks and barrels. No filtering and no sticking.

Contine Périgourdine 2012

The nose is characterized by a great freshness with notes of tangerine peel, mineral, minty, fresh wood. The palate is sweet, along with tasty notes of citrus and apricot. The wine is rich and round, yet pleasantly fresh.

APPELLATION: Bergerac Sec
TERROIR: From a 1 ha plot, The Jeanneton, this wine comes from a mass selection muscadelle small grain. Silty clay soil.
BLEND: 100% Muscadelle
CLIMATIC CONDITIONS: 2012 was marked by small spring rains, which disrupted flowering. The early summer was also tormented by light rain before a hot, dry weather in August and dry until harvest. Yields were nevertheless poor.
WINEMAKING: Manual harvest. Total destemming. Skin maceration for 72 hours. Washing by natural settling (without enzymes). Fermentation in casks of 30hl (Stockinger). Natural yeasts. Maturing on lees for 11 months without batonage. Minimum filter
PRODUCTION: 5000 btls
ACCOMPANIMENT: This wine can be appreciated alone as an aperitif and goes well with exotic dishes.

Moulin des Dames 2012

The color is pale gold, bright. The nose is the beautiful vintage image of maturity: the dry apricot, candied fruit, toasted with nice notes of citrus zest that bring freshness. The attack is very full with sweetness and is accompanied by a dense material, very aromatic, with a beautiful long finish.

APPELLATION: AOC Bergerac Sec
TERROIR: Plot of 3.5 ha. Clay and limestone soil w/high proportion of limestone Aquitaine
BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
CLIMATIC CONDITIONS: 2012 was marked by small spring rains, which disrupted flowering. The early summer was also tormented by light rain before a hot, dry weather in August and dry until harvest. Yields were nevertheless poor.
WINEMAKING: Total Stalking. Skin maceration for 48 hours. Washing by natural settling (without enzymes). Fermentation in barrels of Allier, 50% new barrels and wine that received 50%. Stirring and aging on lees for 12 months. Minimum filter.
ACCOMPANIMENT: This wine goes perfectly with cream fish, poultry, truffles, oriental dishes, blue and goat cheese. You can also serve it as an aperitif or at the end of the meal.

La Gloire de mon Père 2010

APPELLATION: Côtes de Bergerac Rouge
SOIL: Hot – calcareous clay soils mainly limestone marl de Castillon, poor water, south facing, gently sloping, they are particularly favorable for Cabernet Sauvignon.
BLEND: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc VINIFICATION Total destemming punching. Long fermentation of 30 days with micro-oxygenation in marc. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. AGEING: 50% in new barrels and 50% was receiving a wine for 18 months Conservation on the lees with stirring No filtering, no fining

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