What if the Photo really stole our Soul? 2018
A field blend of both white and red grapes that is elegant and round. This red is light in alcohol and tannins but heavy and dark in flavor. Notes of rustic earth, black and blue fruits.
Chef, sommelier (for Noma!), restaurateur, activist, winemaker—Anders Frederik Steen is a busy, creative force whose name is in easy company with the word "iconoclast." Since 2013, he’s set his attention to making natural, eclectic wines from the Ardèche region in France. He worked with Jean-Marc Brignot, a well-known natural winemaker in the Jura, to create a label called Foxy Foxy Nature Wildlife, and now produces his own wines under his name. He gives his wines sobriquets like "Don’t Throw Trash in the Ocean, Please." They are serious, skillfully made wines, but couldn’t be called conventional in any sense. In this latest endeavor, his many talents have come in handy: that training as a chef has helped inform his winemaking process, which really begins in the vineyard. Yes, many winemakers say their wine begins in the vineyard, but Steen doesn’t even conceptualize his wines until he tastes each variety at harvest. Names, blends, and styles change annually based on the flavors of the year’s produce. He farms 0.6 hectares in Valvignères and buys grapes from Jocelyne and Gérald Oustric (Domaine Le Mazel) in Ardèche, plus some from the Bannwarth family in Alsace. All wines macerate and co-ferment spontaneously in outdoor, open-top containers. Anders’ wines are made from red grapes, which are either pressed directly or destemmed by hand, and white grapes pressed directly in a beautiful old wooden press. The finished wines are bottled unfiltered, unfined, with zero additions. What you get in the bottle is a thoughtful, original expression of this part of France, as well as an expression of a thoughtful, original personality.
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About Natural Wine
Great question! There are a lot of definitions for natural wine with the main term you'll hear being that it has had minimal intervention. To be more specific, our definition is that the wine must first be sustainably farmed, which typically means it was organically or biodynamically farmed.
Then, in the cellar the natural winemaking process has some differences as well! The wine is typically unfined, unfiltered, and goes through spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. If you want to know more about what natural wine is, we have an entire guide under our reference section!
The short answer is that natural wine can taste like any other kind of conventional wine (we like to call these stealth natural wines) or it can taste quite a bit different, as production methods can vary and potentially be lighter, or in a style you've never had before (like orange, pet-nat or amphora).
The natural wine community is also more accepting of some qualities in wines that conventional would consider a flaw, like Brett, some oxidation, or volatile acidity. We would consider these in high amounts to also be a flaw, but in many cases a touch of these qualities can ultimately improve their flavor and texture and be happily accepted in a natural wine.
To find out more about what natural wine tastes like, check out our full blog and podcast on the topic here.
The short answer is, no! But many are. Glou-glou describes winesthat are easily chuggable, impossible to put the glass down, and seductively delicious! They tend to be young and fresh, designed to be drunk early with an average ABV of around 10%. Check out different styles or glou glou natural wine here on our site.