Ardèche, France

Samuel Boulay

Aleph 2019

£40

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SAMUEL BOULAY
Aleph 2019
Ardèche, France

A blend of Syrah and Alicante, fermented as whole bunches in cuve, before being pressed off to old barrels for a year of élevage. With notes of black fruits, olive and wildflowers combining to winning effect, this is as pure and nourishing as wine gets.

Syrah, Alicante


ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Originally from the Loire, 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.

Here, he farms five hectares of old vineyards that teem with life. Samuel doesn’t cut the grass between the rows and treats the vines only with homeopathic treatments and plants according to the moon’s cycle.

In the cellar he is a purist. The wines are aged in old oak barrels for a year or two and unusually, are not topped up at any stage. He works without electricity, the wines are bottled by gravity with no additions and labelled by hand.

Samuel’s gentle and discrete nature makes for wines of rare purity. They have an energy, harmony and nourishing quality that is incredibly compelling.