Ardèche, France

Samuel Boulay

Fricheti 2017


Fricheti 2017
Ardèche, France

A blend of Cabernet & Merlot fermented separately and blended before two years of élevage in old barrels. Unusually for Samuel, the barrels were topped up here and as such this is a little more lifted, fruit forward and primary. Strikingly pure, this is really hitting its groove. 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot


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.