What is natural wine?
Nature", "naturel", "propre", "nu" wine is wine made without additives. No adaptation to standards. Here, wine is allowed to freely express its origin, grape variety, location, soil and weather. In other words, terroir - the place where a number of unique factors affect the grapes each year. Not a dead product, wine lives in the bottle. Natural wine is about freshness, wholesomeness, sustainability, exchange and lots of love. It's wine, natural wine.
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A glossary of terms for stripping natural wine one leaf at a time
Masculine noun - Said of a wine that's very easy to drink, light and usually low in alcohol.
The technique of blending wines from different grape varieties, plots and even vintages to obtain the best possible result.
Said of a wine that leaves no bad memories (often because of sulfites, in the case of "conventional" wines).
Typical flavor of wines that have lacked oxygen. The reduced taste usually passes fairly quickly after oxygenation by swirling the wine in the glass or decanting.
Single-celled fungi capable of fermenting animal or vegetable matter.
Yeasts that naturally colonize the surface of the berries, enabling natural fermentation of the must without the addition of technical industrial yeasts.
Dead yeast and plant debris settling to the bottom of vats after alcoholic fermentation.
Aged on lees
Aging of certain white wines without separating them from their "lees", i.e. what remains of the alcoholic fermentation: yeast residues in particular.
Vinification of whole grapes by airless metabolism.
A mass of grapes not yet fermented, made up of juice, pulp, skins, seeds and even stalks where appropriate.
Very slight effervescence.
Said of a wine's acidity when it is remarkable for good or bad.
It contains its share of truth and symbolism. Truth, because naturally vinified wines always retain a little active life. The symbol is also important: the wine is defined as alive because it is made using "natural", traditional processes, without synthetic chemicals, sterilization treatments or chemical fertilizers, and with grapes from vines benefiting from good biodiversity and living soil.