2015 Samuel Boulay 'Baltringue XV'
Grape/s: Merlot, Viognier
Like many of his compatriots in the French natural wine movement, Samuel loves to ascribe names to his wines that have many levels of meaning. The name Baltringue seems to have originally come from the circus and refers to a person who organises the show but does not perform any of the feats. It also refers to someone who claims they can do anything but never actually gets around to it. This red wine is made from around 95% Merlot with a small addition of Viognier. It is lively, fresh and very moorish with the Viognier adding a hint of stonefruit. As with all of Samuel’s wines, this one has no added sulphites, but he manages to ensure that his wines do not fall apart once the bottle is opened. - Living Wines