Laguille Ugni Blanc/Colombard 2018
A June 2019 CRUx6 White Selection
I've been on the lookout for years now for a wine like this. You know, 30 bucks on the tongue, and 12 bucks from the wallet! I guarantee you'll be back for more, and quickly. Here it is:
Guy Vignoli greeted me warmly at about 5pm on a cold November afternoon. We said goodbye at 1am.
Such is the pace in Gascony, France's great southwest. Why rush when we can get to know each other a little bit?
Guy and his wife Colette farm a beautiful 70 hectare farm in the Gers, approximately 2 hours from nowhere and are one of the finest distillers of Armagnac in the area. Their 200 year old copper still is worth the visit on its own and the range of distillates is truly wonderful. This is how Guy has made a name for Domaine de Laguille over the years.
But I showed up looking for everyday red and white wine....this time. What I found was wondeful everday examples of dry reds and whites, the same grapes that become Armagnac, but loooooong before those would ever see market. In fact, Guy explained that most local distillers didn't even bother with regular wine until about 25 years ago, preferring to concentrate only on distilled wines.
But then a funny thing happened. Somebody figured out tha the wines were pretty good. And they decided to sell them pretty darn cheaply too. What we get from Laguille at just $12/bottle is kinda sorta remarkable!
This is wine is made from the two main grapes necessary for making Armagnac--Ugni Blanc and Colombard. But don't worry, there's stinging high alcohol here. The wine is redolent of ripe and juicy pears and goes down oh-so quaffable.