Ardèche, France

Samuel Boulay

Baltringue 2018

£40

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SAMUEL BOULAY
Baltringue 2018
Ardèche, France

A wonderful expression of Merlot. This was fermented in cuve as whole bunches for a couple of weeks, before being pressed off to barrels for twenty months of élevage. Pale red in the glass, it is remarkably delicate, with soft tannins and gentle notes of red fruits, minerals and herbs.

Merlot


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.