Anders Frederik Steen & Anne Bruun Blauert C'etait La Premier Jour Des Vacances D'ete, J'avals Selze Ans 2021

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Anders Frederik Steen & Anne Bruun Blauert
Ardèche, France
This beautiful Pét Nat aka Pétillant Naturel, a French term for naturally sparkling comes from a direct press of Chardonnay, Viognier and Grenache Noir from Domaine du Mazel, aged for one year on the lees before disgorgement. 
A pale, straw yellow in the glass, this is almost classical in style, with delicate bubbles carrying notes of stone fruits and minerals and a pleasant bitterness offering both refreshment and intrigue.
The maverick artist of the Ardèche. For a winemaker, Anders Frederik Steen has an unconventional resumé. Before making wine, Anders was a trained chef who became a sommelier, working at  Noma, then the highly acclaimed Relae and finally Manfreds. All iconic restaurants in his native Denmark.
In 2013, Anders moved to the Ardèche in order to make wine full-time. His partner-in-crime was his favourite winemaker and personal hero, the legendary and enigmatic Jura winemaker Jean-Marc Brignot. Together, they produced his first two vintages. In 2015, Jean-Marc Brignot left to focus on a farming life in Sado, Japan whilst Anders remained with his family in the beautiful village of Valvignères to continue making wines.

Anders insists that his wines are made with “grapes and only grapes”. Whilst growing his own, he also sources his grapes from people he trusts, such as the neighbouring Oustric family of Domaine Le Mazel and the Bannwarth family in Alsace.
His daring non-interventionist attitude and experience informs his winemaking in that he does not seek to follow rules or conventions and does not feel the need to do the same thing every year. Instead, as he harvests, he taste the grapes and then begins to imagine the kind of wine he might be able to make. 
As every year is different, the expressions of the grapes and terroir are never the same, and thus he adapts his approach accordingly. Names, blends, and styles change annually based on the flavours of the year’s produce. This is why he has never made the same wine twice.
This refreshingly free, creative approach yields wines that are truly one of a kind.