Only available in a Magnum, this is a very rare bottle indeed. A profound wine, smooth, round and fruity. A palate that’s out of this world, with extraordinary texture, silky tannins and a saline finish.
Bruno Duchêne, yet another kid from the northern France who headed south for the sunshine of Roussillon. Settling here in 2002 in a middle of a vineyard of vines that were clearly exceptional, but also impossible to work – at least with tractor. A vigneron in the right place at the right time, the vines he acquired were lovely terraced parcels, unsuitable for mechanised farming due to their vertiginous slopes. On his eponymous 4-ha estate, Bruno is particularly fond of his Grenache Noir grapes, cultivated on slate soils. Whatever playfulness and whimsy Bruno has in him he puts into his colourful labels, but the rest of the time he’s a serious character. Like a man in a prison chain gang, he works his parcels tirelessly with a hoe and a horse. Bruno tends to his vines as naturally as possible, which is to be expected, he’s a graduate of the school of Burgundy’s organic icon Fred Cossard, and counts Alain Castex among his respectable neighbours. The cuvées of Bruno are ultra confidential, fewer than 10000 bottles a year, primarily classified under the Collioure appellation. We salute this impassioned vigneron for his smile and kindness, and his wines so refined and full of freshness.
A natural, dry wine, distinguished by its freshness and balance, with notes of melon and nectarine. Palate: this is powerful juice, with lovely balance.... An impressive feat, given the difficulty of vinifying this grape on its own.
An ultra rare Banyuls (less than 200 bottles made) – this is fruity, rich and powerful. With notes of dried oranges. Balance and freshness – in other words, pure Duchêne!
A nose of white flowers and citrus fruits... The blending of these three grape varieties (which few would have imagined together) is 200% successful! We find the freshness of Xarel·lo, the aromatics of Vermentino and the roundness of Chardonnay. A bottle that offers a lot of pleasure, and beautiful length.