Samuel Boulay was originally from the Loire Valley but recently he has moved to the Ardeche to take over some of the vineyards run by Gilles Azzoni for the past thirty years.
We first tried his wines at a salon in the tiny village of Chassignolles in the Auvergne and we loved the wines that we tasted.
So, recently we undertook the very pleasant drive from Provence up into the Ardèche. The road provides spectacular views, first of the Rhone Valley, then the deep gorges carved into the mountains by fast flowing rivers in the Reserve Naturelle des Gorges de l'Ardèche and finally the meandering valley of the Ibie river with its characteristic white limestone rock deposits beside crystal-clear pools.
The Ibie River in the Ardèche
Samuel lives in the tiny village of Les Salèlles right beside the Ibie river. He has vineyards right beside his house and more down by the river with still more on the other side of the heavily forested hills.
We arrived to a scene of rural self-sufficiency. Honey dripping into a bowl from hives at the foot of the nearby forest, healthy chooks hunting for scraps of food in the grass and dogs lazily enjoying the winter sunshine.
Our welcoming committee We will be receiving the first shipment of Samuel's wines around April or May this year and we will provide more information prior to the arrival of the wines.
Samuel Boulay Vin de France L’éphémère 2015
Samuel Boulay Vin de France Baltringue 2015
We will be receiving the first shipment of Samuel's wines around April or May this year and we will provide more information prior to the arrival of the wines.