to the Loire regions
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P: + 33 6 08 62 98 39
F: + 33 2 48 51 11 67
Masson is a cereal farmer, owning over 200 hectares of land. His family
have been here since 1884. He planted his 3.5 hectares of vines in 1992
and was one of the original founders of La Cave Romane de Brinay. Now in
his mid 50s, his son, Thibaud, is being groomed to take over the
operation. There is a single Quincy produced, although neither the 2008 or
2009 vintages were particularly convincing.
3 route de Mehun
T: + 33 2 48 51 39 76
F: + 33 2 48 51 35 37
Virginie Paepegaey live in the centre of Quincy, just opposite his shop
and tasting room. This young grower has been making wine in the
appellation since 1999 when he took over the 10 hectares of vines owned by
Domaine Meunier (whose signs can still be seen across the road). The
oldest vines here are over 50 years old and planted by Gaston Lapha, an
ex-president of the local grower syndicat.
He makes the wine in his own cellar where he splits his production to
produce two versions of Quincy, a cuvée
Tradition and a Vieilles Vignes.
In addition, he also makes a little red and rosé Vin de Pays des Coteaux
du Cher et de l’Arnon.
Domaine de Champ Martin
T: + 33 2 48 51 70 19
F: + 33 2 48 51 79 27
Rassat has been active in the appellation since the mid 1990s. He owns
four hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and makes two separate cuvées in the
cellar at La Cave Romane in Brinay. The first, Tradition
is made from younger vines, whilst Prestige
is from his oldest parcels and distinguished from its sibling by being
aged on its lees for eight months prior to bottling. Rassat lives in an 17th
Century manor between Quincy and Reuilly, close to the hamlet of Boitier.
Jérôme de la Chaise
40 route de Lury
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P: + 33 6 08 60 83 06
la Chaise is an electrician by trade but turned his hand to building a
cellar and making his own wine in the late 1980s. He is a significant
producer, owning 10 hectares of 20 and 40 year old Sauvignon, which yields
around 50,000 bottles of Quincy a year. His wines are marketed and sold by
Fournier Père et Fils in Verdigny (Sancerre).
over from his father, Claude. He works about six hectares of vines. They
have their own cellar in the village.
12 Grande Rue
T: + 33 2 48 51 30 04
F: + 33 2 48 51 31 13
is first and foremost a cereal farmer who has bought some land and vines
in both the Quincy and Reuilly appellations.
Domaine Alain Martin
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Pigeat is the uncle of the more celebrated Philippe Pigeat; their cellars
being adjacent to each other on the road to Cerbois. Christian works 3
hectares of vines, but his main occupation is arable farming. Christian
and Phillipe’s father, André, separated their ancestral farm in 1970.
16 route de Cerbois
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The son of
local legend Jean-Michel, who is in the process of developing his own
Domaine Le RohThis tiny
half hectare property is situated next to the cellar of Jean-Michel Sorbe,
which is where these wines are made. The land where Le
Sentier du Vin now stands was owned by the Roh family who sold it on
to the late Alexandre Mellot.
wife team Lisiane and Jean-Pierre Vilpellet farm just 1.5 hectares of
vines. Planted mostly to Sauvignon, they also have a few rows of red
grapes for the production of Vin de Pays. The wines are made in their own
Lisiane et Jean-Pierre Vilpellet
28 route de Reuilly
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Joseph Mellot Père et Fils
Route de Ménétréol
T: + 33 2 48 78 54 54
F: + 33 2 48 78 54 55
Mellot is one half of the dynasty that was founded in Sancerre almost five
centuries ago. This branch of the family has been in existence since 1969
when Joseph and his brother split the domaine. In 1984, Alexandre took
over from his father and a period of expansion into appellations outside
of Sancerre began; they have been active in both Reuilly and Quincy since
the early 1990s, working with growers in each appellation initially,
before going on to purchase their domaines outright.
Alexandre purchased the vineyards of Pierre Duret in Quincy in 1995 and
those of Jean-Michel Sorbe in Reuilly and Quincy in 1999. Production was
consolidated in one central purpose built cellar, called Le Sentier du
Vin, on the road between Quincy and Brinay in 2002. In addition to the
wines produced under the Pierre Duret and Jean-Michel Sorbe labels, Joseph
Mellot continues to produce wines under contract for Les BerryCuriens (see
separate entry) and Domaine Roh, from whom Alexandre purchased the land to
build the cellar.
Sadly, Alexandre died in 2005 at the age of only 44 and the domaine is now
run by his widow, Catherine Corbeau. Today, their vineyards extend to an
impressive 95 hectares of which 14ha are in Quincy, with a further 11ha in
T: + 33 2 48 78 53 29
F: + 33 2 48 54 14 24
respected, Chavignol-based Producteur/négociant
Henri Bourgeois, has been active in
since the late 1990s. They own no vineyards here, but rely on sourcing
wines produced in the cellars of one of the Céréaliers-vignerons
based within the appellation, although the wines are produced under the
supervision of Jean-Christophe Bourgeois, assisted (until 2008 when she
upped-sticks and moved to Champagne Krug) by young oenologue, Raphaëlle Léon-Grillion.
The name of the grower involved remains ‘confidential’.
The grapes themselves are sourced from the Haute-Victoire and whilst
volumes change from year to year, they can be expected to account for
about 8 hectares of vines, producing around 50,000 bottles a year.
du Val de Loire
34 route de Bourges
T: + 33 2 48 64 88 88
F: + 33 2 48 64 87 97
has been installed in the Berry since 1996. Originally from Touraine, the
company purchased 15 hectares of vineyards on the plateau des Coudereaux
in Quincy. The grapes are crushed in the failed Agri-Cher cellar on the
road between Quincy and Preuilly, although the vinification is conducted
in Menetou-Salon (where they also own vineyards). They also crush one
hectare’s worth of Reuilly Sauvignon Blanc at this facility too,
producing about 6,500 bottles a year.
180 avenue de Verdun
T: + 33 2 48 54 02 34
F: + 33 2 48 54 35 61
Domaine Fouassier market a Quincy within their range of wines. There is no
evidence that this comes from a specific domaine in the appellation and is
more likely bought ‘off the peg’.
Celliers de la Pauline
Place du Bourg
26 rue de la Mairie
T: + 33 2 48 79 91 46
F: + 33 2 48 79 93 48
represents the fourth generation to have made wine in Sancerre. He also
lists a Quincy within his range, although this is sourced rather than
produced by the domaine.
des Vins de Sancerre
682 Avenue de Verdun (Route de Bourges)
T: + 33 2 48 54 19 24
F: + 33 2 48 54 16 44
The ubiquitous cave co-operative
in Sancerre also offers a Quincy within their selection, which is sold as
‘Cuvée Jonquille’ and carries an image of the
eponymous daffodil on its label.
GROWERS – Past:
Pipet celebrated his 100th birthday on 7th February
1990. His son, Raymond, was the president of the growers association
between 1964 and 1987 at the most troubled time of the appellation. The
Pipets owned 14 hectares of which 12ha were planted to Sauvignon. The
wines were imported into the UK by Robin Yapp in the 1970s. Raymond was
the last generation of Pipets to work the vines. On his retirement, the
Pipets’ Pinot Noir vineyard (destined for Vin de Pays) was acquired by
Domaine de Villalin.
Was the most
important grower in the appellation after the Second World War and an
ex-president of the growers syndicat.
The family vineyards morphed from Domaine Lapha to Lapha-Meunier until the
six hectares of Domaine Meunier (whose signs still can be seen in the
centre of the town) were acquired by David
Paepegaey in 1999.
late 1970s until the early 1990s, this was the largest single producer of
Quincy. At one point, their 25 hectares represented between one-quarter
and one-third of the entire appellation. The domaine was under the control
of the now defunct Loire négociant
Albert Bescombes, who were based in Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent, next to
Selice de Quincy
T : + 33 2 54 04 04 48
was one of the most celebrated wine journalists, writing for the French
bi-monthly magazine Vintage. He
was born close to Reuilly so had a strong connection to the wines of the
Berry. A long time friend of Nicolas Joly, Sallé made a decision to
invest in vineyards in Quincy in the 1990s and created a label called
‘Selice de Quincy’. Best described as a failed idealist, he elected to
grow his grapes organically, but the resulting yields of 15 to 20hl/ha
were not viable and the enterprise was bankrupt by 2003. His vines were
subsequently taken on by Philippe Portier.
I have tasting notes for the 2000, 2001 and 2002 vintages that date back
to February 2003. The wines were all raised in barrel and atypical of the
appellation. One can understand why consumers were not prepared to pay the
high price demanded to compensate for the low yields and high production
et Nicole Jaumier
9 Route Lury
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F: + 33 2 48 51 31 02
Jaumier was a wine-loving Parisian who studied in Bergerac and worked for
a while at Château La Tour Blanche in Sauternes. He and is wife, Nicole,
took over the domaine of a retiring vigneron
in 1987, but in turn sold out to Vincent Siret-Courtaud in 2006.
T: + 33 2 48 78 20 10
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Hubert Brocard who are based in Chavignol, dabbled in the appellation in
the early part of the last decade. I remember tasting a (not very good)
2000 vintage Quincy at the Salon des
Vins de Loire in 2003.
T: + 33 3 86 39 57 75
F: + 33 3 86 39 08 30
Guy Saget once listed in a Quincy in their range and I have a reference to
‘La Boissière’ from the 2002
Below are the names of other vignerons
whose names have occurred during the course of my research. They are named
here for posterity.
- who worked in the cellar that once belonged to Emil Roux.
& Raymond Rapin –
two brothers; between the 1940s and 1970s.
Gilbert Surtel -
whose daughter and son-in-law took over on his death to create …
Gabriel Lavisse -
Eric Montintin –
Sancerre grower who at least marketed a Quincy circa