2020 Bruno Duchene Vin de France Odin #172789529


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About Bruno Duchene

Bruno Duchêne, formerly a wild mushroom distributor, is one of the top vignerons in Banyuls, producing exceptional dry red wines from some of France's most challenging vineyards. He owns four hectares of land spread across four parcels, all planted on schist, which provides unique micro-climates and exposures, making his wines interesting and distinct. The vineyards in Banyuls and neighboring Collioure are known for their low yields, making them almost impossible to work mechanically.

Bruno produces three main red wines - La Luna, La Pascole, and Odin. All three are made with co-planted Grenache Noir/Gris/Blanc, with a hint of Carignan. La Luna comes from parcels where the grass grows freely, some of which belong to Bruno, while others are purchased from his friends who work organically. La Pascole is a single vineyard that is partially plowed by hand, and Odine represents the oldest vines in the area that are entirely worked by hand. The latter is only released in magnum.

Bruno believes in working his vineyards as naturally as possible, using only three sulfur treatments per year (an extremely low number). The wines ferment spontaneously in tank and are then racked to barrel for aging, with no sulfur added at any point. The vineyards are cultivated with minimal intervention, and the grapes are handled as little as possible, with whole-cluster ferments, hardly any punching down, and no fining or filtration.

Bruno Duchêne's wines are exceptional and worth collecting because of their refinement, freshness, and gulp-ability. His vineyards are located on steep slopes, and the vines are worked organically with minimal intervention. The resulting wines are low-yield, highly concentrated, and deeply expressive. We couldn't recommend them more!

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