La Femme a Qui? 2019, Anders Frederick Steen (Ardèche, France)
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Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, And Apples Region: Ardèche, France Style: Sparkling ABV: 9.7% Any added sulphites: No Size: 75cl
A beautiful petillant made from an equal blend of apples and a direct press of Cabernet and Merlot. Dry and crisp, with apples, strawberries, hay and notes of wild yeast.
After the apples were harvested, the two fruits fermented together. Fermentation finished in the bottle and the wine was disgorged at the beginning of spring. A beautiful shade of peach, this subtle, delicate sparkling wine sits somewhere between a cider and rosé in style.
Anders Frederik Steen makes wine from “grapes and only grapes” (apart from when he chooses to throw some apples in the mix). He’s been doing this since 2013 when he first started buying fruit from winemakers he admired and making wine alongside legendary Jura winemaker, Jean-Marc Brignot. Anders and his family have now settled in the beautiful village of Valvignères in the Ardèche, a beautiful spot amongst a wide, open valley. The many varieties grown here thrive on a perfect mix of clay and limestone and the vineyards are full of life, having been tended organically for decades. In his previous life Anders was both a chef and sommelier, working at the best restaurants in his native Denmark. First as a sommelier at Noma, later opening Manfreds and Relae. This experience informs his winemaking in that he does not seek to follow rules and doesn’t feel the need to do the same thing every year. Instead, as he harvests he tastes the grapes and begins to imagine the kind of wine he might be able to make. It is a refreshingly logical, creative approach and the results speak for themselves.