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.
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.
- Sauvignon Blanc: These remarkable wines are an acquired taste, and though bitter have surprising depth of fruit. Exotic fruit, powerful minerals, mint, and lemongrass-like herbs are the main flavors, surrounding a basic flavor core of citrus and green fruit. Like most Sauvignons, the wines can age quite decently, although they generally preserve rather than improve.
We found three top-notch producers for the region, though their wines are hard to find outside France.
- Domaine Lecomte: Fruit, herb and mineral flavors combine remarkably in the basic Quincy. The "Vieilles Vignes" style is far more complex, with flavors of powerful exotic fruit, minerals, and a strong undercurrent of herbs. This wine goes for about $20.
- Domaine Mardon: The basic Quincy here is fresh and rather forgiving for the appellation, but the "Tres Vieilles Vignes" is the truly powerful and remarkable wine here. Selling for about $17, it displays surprisingly delicate flavors of lemongrass, minty herbs, and yellow fruit, but powerful minerality reinforces the intensity of the wine.
- Philippe Portier: The best-priced great Quincy. Simply called Quincy, it shows brisk, trim mineral aromas along with flavors more herbal than fruity. Though firm, it is nonetheless pleasant to drink.
Most of these wines are just labeled Quincy or Quincy "Vieilles Vignes" (for old vine styles).