Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors to the northeast including Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, the appellation of Quincy in France’s Loire Valley is undeniably worth knowing. We have been longtime fans of the wines of Jean Tatin and Chantal Wilk who have been producing outstanding expressions of Sauvignon Blanc in this tiny appellation for over twenty years, helping to highlight this humble region more prominently on the Loire Valley wine map. Operating two separate cellars (one in Quincy and another in Reuilly), the Tatins market their Quincy wines under the ‘Domaine du Tremblay’ and ‘Domaine des Ballandors’ names and their cuvées of Reuilly under ‘Les Demoiselles Tatin.’ While 10% of their production is Pinot Noir, their main focus is Sauvignon Blanc, although they do produce some Pinot Gris rosé and a natural Sparkling wine from Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Alongside their daughter, Maroussia, who joined forces in 2010, the Tatins farm their vineyards as naturally as possible and are certified ‘Terra Vitis’, meaning they follow sustainable practices to support “a flourishing wine-growing ecosystem” and ensure the health of their vineyards for future harvests.
Sourced from five distinct vineyard plots ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old and featuring soil types including loamy sand, clay and gravel, it is not surprising that this 100% Sauvignon Blanc is layered and complex! Also, considering it was aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks and underwent Bâtonnage or ‘lees stirring’, there is a pleasant weight and delicately plush texture on the palate, yet the wine remains refreshingly light and clean at its core. Aromas of crisp fennel, grapefruit peel, underripe pear and green apple greet you on the nose, while the mid-palate introduces fragrant green flavors as in chervil, meadow grass and green peppercorn. The acidity is ample and juicy, lending a vibrancy and palate-cleansing quality to the wine which is amplified by the chalky, mineral-driven finish. A plate of oysters, a scenic view and a perfectly chilled bottle of this wine, and it doesn’t get much better!