A wonderful character and a fine wine-maker, Luc de Conti's exuberant wines reflect his personality. Luc is a true Vi...Read more...
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A wonderful character and a fine wine-maker, Luc de Conti's exuberant wines reflect his personality. Luc is a true Vinarchiste, looking for purity and intensity, the maximum expression of the potential of the grapes. In the vineyard the soil is nourished with seaweed and silica treatments to encourage microbial activity. 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 cuvees there are several tries 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. This vigneron even riddles the grapes on the vine, giving them a quarter turn (at least that's what he tells us - difficult to know when you've been hoaxed by Luc). Madness or pertinence or the countenance of sublime perfection? Cuvée des Conti is a creamy Sémillon-dominated effort spending eight months on the lees and a month in barriques for the Muscadelle. Imagine waxy peaches and sweet cashews with a dash of ginger, cumin and white pepper.
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