The Wine: Let’s Eat the World We Want to Live In 2016
Let’s Eat the World We Want to Live In 2016 is a natural red wine from Ardeche, a blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% each of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache Noir. Sauvignon Blanc was fermented separately and poured over the destemmed red grapes in a cuve - a wine vat. After two weeks everything is pressed and then aged in a fiberglass vat for two more weeks. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no added sulfites.
The Producer: Anders Frederik Steen
Anders Frederik Steen is a Danish winemaker, who formerly worked as a chef and sommelier at some of the best restaurants in Denmark, most notably Noma, where he was the sommelier, Manfreds, and Relae. This previous life was essential in shaping his winemaking approach, which explicitly eschews every established rule, and seeks the unexpected from every vintage.
Anders’ approach starts in the vineyards, from the grapes, which he uses as a source of inspiration for the type of wine that he will make. He sources his grapes at Jocelyne & Gérald Oustric’s farm, Le Mazel, in the village of Valvignères, Ardèche region. The vineyards have been farmed organically for a long time and yield healthy grapes with which Anders has been experimenting for a few vintages.
Anders Frederik Steen’s wines all have a distinct personality. The reds, mostly Grenache based, are pressed directly or destemmed by hand, fermented spontaneously, bottled unfined and unfiltered; the whites are pressed with an old-school wooden press and made as naturally as possible with no additions. Ardèche shines through in all of Anders’ wines, true terroir-drive wines.