Chateau Tour des Gendres "La Gloire de Mon Père" 2012 Côtes de Bergerac
A hidden gem from Southern France in the Côtes de Bergerac.
Aromas of ripe black fruits, toasted coconut/vanilla, chocolate, and licorice with high toned notes cedar and violet notes. Coconut and blackberry on the palate, with savory sandalwood notes in powerful and dense finish that indicates this wine could go another 10 years. At 13.5% it may appear a bit lean at first to the Napa Cab drinker’s palate, but let it open up and I think you’ll find its lovely decadence. Fantastic.
My original note on this wine was “baby Silver Oak”. Tour des Gendres is a hidden treasure, sitting on some of the most beautiful land in Southern France in the Côtes de Bergerac, an hour or so east of Bordeaux. Their 2012 La Gloire de Mon Pere bottling is a stupendous value (the 2010 having scored 93 in the Enthusiast but I’ve not seen a score for the 2012 anywhere, not that it matters at this price). This blend of 50% Cabernet, 30% Merlot and 20% Malbec is raised on lean, limestone marl soils and barreled aged in 30% new American oak for 12 months (hence the comparison with Silver Oak). If you like that toasty style, you’ll love this cuvee.