2012 Domaine de Lagoy Alpilles
Vin de Pays des Alpilles, France
Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Caladoc
This wine wasn't supposed to be disappointing. It checked off all of the boxes I look for in a high quality, good value bottle: sourced from Garagiste, organic/bio production, and hailing from a little known region but from a high quality, independent winegrower with an intriguing story. Sadly, this wine was either past due or never to be due at all, as it lacked complexity and was generally uninspiring across the board.
Domaine de Lagoy is a producer located in the heart of southern France's Provence region. Their wines are produced from certified organic vineyards on their estate and labeled IGP Alpilles. Wines from IGP Alpilles are rarely exported so it's usually a treat to taste these wines, though most of the wines are humble and few producers set their sights on premium wines. Reds dominate the region, though a healthy amount of rosé and white wines are also produced. The reds are generally fresh and fruity, and while this bottle was more or less aligned with that, it's not a wine I would seek out.
There was a slight spritz (petillance) when I first tasted. While some view this as an inherent flaw, I often consider it refreshing, especially with a white wine like Vinho Verde, but I didn't think it was complimentary to this red blend. In addition, the wine took more than an hour to open up on the nose and lacked intensity, though pleasant yet mild notes of blackberry and blackcurrant eventually developed. The palate was lacking even further, with little body, no concentration of fruit, and a short finish.
Unfortunately this was a bust, though happily an inexpensive one, and one of the few wines I've received from Garagiste that was not ridiculously interesting and delicious. I think these types of wines are best consumed as fresh as possible and near their origins in Provence, not exported for us wine nerds to fawn over. On to the next bottle!