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Quincy


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Quincy is an extremely old appellation in the Loire Valley of France. Quincy wine is rarely exported from France, so it is not well known on the mass market wine scene. This is unfortunate, because the appellation's Sauvignon is quite underrated.

The appellation sources its wines from two communes in the Loire's Cher department: Quincy and Brinay. Tight regulations make sure that production is low, which contributes to the appellation's obscurity but also leads to a high general quality.

History

Quincy is a surprisingly old appellation, proven to have been planted in the 12th century by monks and possibly dating even to prehistoric times. The AOC was established in 1936, one of the first Loire appellations to gain the distinction. Since then, however, Quincy's wines have fallen out of favor in much of France.

Climate and Viticulture

Silicaeous clay and gravel are the two main components of the soil here. Silica in soil contributes to the bitterness of wines, which explains the austerity of the wines in this region. The vineyards lie on a tributary of the Loire River, in the Cher area of the Loire.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

We found three top-notch producers for the region, though their wines are hard to find outside France.

Subregions

Most of these wines are just labeled Quincy or Quincy "Vieilles Vignes" (for old vine styles).