The Wine: Pure Magique Pas Des Chimique 2017
Pure Magique is a red natural wine made from Syrah and Viognier farmed organically and biodynamically in Ardeche, Southern France. Hand harvested, fermented spontaneously with native yeasts, unfined, and unfiltered, no added sulfites. Anders Frederick Steen is a natural wine master.
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.