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2016 - 100% Chardonnay, direct pressed over the course of 3 days. “The juice of the grapes was running all the time, so no maceration”. The wine then spent 4 years on lees in an old barrel at the back of their cellar. Bottled with a small amount of residual sugar with cork and crown cap in case bubbles develop. This wine starts in a place of reductive fruit, and an “almost classic expression”, with a nose similar to “white burgundy wines”. Lemon meringue, honeycomb cereal, toasted almond and white fruit come across. The honeyed aromatics then delve dangerously into chenin territory (a great thing). The acidity is still super bright and builds a natural balance with what residual sugar is left on the palate (also great). A wine to enjoy now, and watch for later.
"Anders Frederik Steen has become somewhat of a cult hero in Ardèche in the past years, and his wines are quickly becoming some of the most sought after in the natural wine world. To understand his wines, we have to trace his history which led him to making wine in the Ardèche. Anders first worked as a chef in Copenhagen, in his native Denmark. His ambitions lead him to learning about wine in order to get a leg up on other chefs in the city, and to understand how it fit into the dining experience. Having worked alongside Renée Redzepi at a former restaurant, Anders decided to reach out about a position at Renée’s new restaurant (Noma). Redzepi hired him as an apprentice sommelier at Noma, where he worked for three years. This is where he began to learn about wine, and was introduced to wines made naturally and with minimal intervention. After Noma, Anders along with other Noma alumni, successfully opened Relae and then Manfreds, both in Copenhagen. During this time, he began to make connections with winemakers through their importers in Denmark. He often traveled with the importers to France.
In 2013, Anders, his partner Anne, and their kids, moved to France and settled in Valvignères, a small town in Ardèche, home to roughly 400 people. Valvignères (valley of vines) has a rich history of wine, the Romans having planted vines here over 2000 years ago."