Quincy: The Loire Valley's Hidden Gem

Quincy: The Loire Valley's Hidden Gem

Published by Jayne on Jun 18th 2018

Sauvignon Blanc has proven to be quite the versatile grape worldwide, and while it has garnered particular prestige in such places as Marlborough, New Zealand, Alexander Valley, California and Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé in France’s Loire Valley, there is another much smaller region that you should know about if you don’t already. Quincy, pronounced “kan-SEE" was the second recognized appellation (Appellation d'origine Contrôlée) in France. Designated in 1936, Quincy was on the wine map before its more famous Loire neighbors to the northeast and second only to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Located on a tributary of the Loire River known as the Cher, Quincy’s soil is composed of gravel and sand, resulting in wines with the typical citrus and herbal notes one would expect from a Sauvignon Blanc yet with a more delicate texture than those coming from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. And because the soil type in Quincy is more conducive to retaining heat, wines from this region ripen earlier, allowing for less austere expressions of Sauvignon Blanc coupled with intriguing aromatics. It’s always exciting for us to get to know the satellite regions of our favorite appellations since we tend to find amazing values like the 2017 Domaine du Tremblay Sauvignon Blanc we are featuring in our white wine club this month. Perfect alongside a platter of fresh seafood, ceviche, pesto pasta or a crisp green salad with goat cheese, we urge you to try this delicious expression of SB from Quincy! Cheers, -Jayne

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