Chateau Tour Des GendresBergerac, France
Luc de Conti is a perfectionist in everything he does and he is steadfastly committed to healthy natural wine making at Chateau Tour de Gendres.
According to him the soil is lifeless (“a cadaver”) and it is a fifteen year process to rid the ground of pollutants. Manual picking and selection of ripe grapes is essential; on the top cuvées there are several tries in the vineyard, and the wine will only be released if it reaches the highest of standards. Green procedures are crucial to Luc’s wine-making philosophy. The Moulin des Dames wines are from a plot of vines where he practises biodynamic viticulture, using herbal tisanes to nourish the soil. He neither filters nor fines and uses hardly any sulphur. Luc is a true defender of the yeast. In the winery he mixes the lees into a kind of mayonnaise and reintroduces them (or it) into the wine to nourish it, relying on micro-oxygenation to avoid reduction problems.