Once I had a choice of being better VDF White 750mL 2021

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This Ardèche Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc natural white wine blend offers a lively bouquet of citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit along with hints of white flowers. On the palate, it's medium-bodied with crisp acidity, balancing flavors of orchard fruits and a touch of minerality. The finish is dry and refreshing!

 

Peach, melon, grapefruit and elderflower.

ABV:

  • 13.7%

Vintage:

  • 2021

Type:

  • White

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natural wine pairings

Pairings

Spring Rolls, Ethiopian Chicken Stew, Peach Cobbler

natural wine varietal

Varietal

chardonnay, sauvignon blanc

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Adventure Level

Mostly Funky

Region

Ardeche, France

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The Producer

About Anders Frederik Steen

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.

About the Region

Ardeche, France

Ardèche, nestled in the rugged terrain of southern France, has emerged as a vibrant hub for natural winemaking, drawing enthusiasts seeking pure, unadulterated expressions of terroir. With its diverse microclimates and limestone-rich soils, Ardèche offers a playground for innovative winemakers committed to organic and biodynamic practices. In this region, winemaking is a holistic endeavor, with minimal intervention in the cellar and a profound respect for the rhythms of nature. Grapes are often hand-harvested, fermented spontaneously, and aged in a variety of vessels, from old oak barrels to amphorae, allowing the wines to evolve with authenticity and character. The resulting wines, whether white, red, or orange, captivate with their vitality, showcasing the unique flavors and textures of Ardèche's land and reflecting the vision and passion of its pioneering vignerons.

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