Andrew Guard

2019 Vin de Pays de la Côte Vermeille 'La Luna' Blanc, Bruno Duchêne

This is a new wine from Bruno in 2019 and is a blend of Xarel lo, Vermentino, Chardonnay. As with all his wines this is succulent and scented with coastal and floral aromas that seduce. Very pure and lush in the mouth this has lovely freshness and acidity that lingers onto the finish. A beauty 

Bruno owns just 4 hectares spread over 4 areas, all on decomposed schistose soils at an altitude of around 300m - each parcel differing slightly in exposition. The vineyards in Collioure are extremely low yielding and, as they are planted on terraced hillsides, very difficult to work mechanically, which like in Germany's Mosel region, has contributed to a growing abandonment of these legendary sites. This is a great shame as the real character of any regions wines is defined by it's original terroir
 
Bruno produces three red wines: La Luna, Pascole and Anodine (Anodine only in magnum). They are all produced almost entirely from Grenache but also includes a little Carignan. Instead of highlighting different terroirs with separate bottlings, Bruno bottles based on his various farming practices. For La Luna, he lets grass grow free. Pascole is partially ploughed by hand. Finally, Anodine represents the areas that are impossible to work mechanically, and where the soil work has to be done entirely by hand. He also produces an exquisite white, Vallpompo, from Grenache Blanc.

These are incredibly rare and delicious wines. Unfortunately there will never be enough to go around as the small production has loyal (and passionate) demand placed on it with each vintage