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Tour des Gendres Bergerac Rouge 2018

Red Wine from Southwest France, France
$14.99
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Deep garnet color with purplish tints, the wine reveals slightly spicy notes of raspberry and cherry on the nose. This wine is crunchy and chunky on the palate, sweet yet fresh and crisp.

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Chateau Tour des Gendres is Bergerac’s flagship producer, the closest thing the appellation has to a star. Of course, even to many wine lovers that sounds like damning by faint praise: “Berger-what?” you may ask.

Indeed, Bergerac is known in America, if at all, as a source of inexpensive Bordeaux-alternatives, wines made from similar grapes, in a similar climate with somewhat similar soils to Bergerac’s vastly more famous neighbor.

But in France, Tour des Gendres is a big deal: they're on the finest wine lists and stocked in the best stores. And not as some cut-rate Bordeaux. They’ve transcended the appellation by working incredibly hard to understand and express their unique terroir. With wine academics, they've studied their complex soils of clay and limestone. They are passionate about the ancient (they say up to 1000-year-old) local varieties, Malbec (Cahors is nearby), Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle a Petit Grains. And as a result they make an ever truer expression of Bergerac’s unique personality.

Like most great growers, they limit yields in their (biodynamic) vineyard to ensure the fruit contains the terroir’s essence. But instead of thinking of yields in terms of the volume of wine from their acreage (hectoliters/hectare, in France) the way most growers do, they concentrate on the ideal number of bunches for each vine, considering the soils, how densely the vines are planted, the weather and the wine they want to make.

That degree of granular attention is essential, they say, to truly let the mixture of earth and vine speak. And their work in the winery is every bit as thoughtful and focused on the terroir. They have introduced large casks to age the wines with less of an oak influence, and never do anything to push the wines to be something they aren't.

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"The Conti family’s estate wine, this is ripe, balanced and well structured. Touches of wood, rich black fruits and a core of dark tannins indicate that this full-bodied wine will age well."

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec , Merlot

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Earthy , Herbaceous , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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