Ardèche, France

Samuel Boulay

Aleph 2021



Aleph 2021
Ardèche, France

Mostly Alicante, which was macerated on the skins for just over a week, with the balance being roughly equal parts of Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot. The blend rested in cuve for a year, rendering a lively wine that is all red berries, wildflowers and spice.

Alicante, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot


Originally from the Loire, Samuel worked for many years alongside the legendary Michel Augé of Les Maisons Brûlées, whilst quietly releasing some of the most original wines we have tasted from the region.

In 2013 Samuel moved to Les Salelles, a small village on the banks of the River Ibie in a particularly beautiful part of the Ardèche. He farms five hectares of old vineyards which are surrounded by forest, planted over clay and limestone, and visibly teem with life. Samuel doesn’t cut the grass between the rows and treats the vines only with homoeopathic treatments according to the moon’s cycle. There is a real sensitivity to his work and a sense of serenity pervades.

In the cellar he is a purist. He favours long, slow presses for both whites and reds and each wine is aged for as long as deemed necessary. Working without electricity, each wine is bottled by gravity with no additions and labelled by hand.

Samuel’s gentle and discrete nature makes for wines that possess an energy and harmony that are rare to find. These are complex, challenging wines which truly reward those who wait.