Guide to the Loire regions


Grower Profiles

Other Growers

Domaine du Tonkin
Jacques Masson
Le Tonkin
T: + 33 2 48 51 09 72
P: + 33 6 08 62 98 39
F: + 33 2 48 51 11 67
Jacques 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.

David Paepegaey
3 route de Mehun
T: + 33 2 48 51 39 76
F: + 33 2 48 51 35 37
David and 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.

Didier Rassat
Domaine de Champ Martin
T: + 33 2 48 51 70 19
F: + 33 2 48 51 79 27
Didier 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.

Domaine des Bruniers
Jérôme de la Chaise
40 route de Lury
T/F: + 33 2 48 51 34 10
P: + 33 6 08 60 83 06
Jérome de 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).

Domaine Houssier
Gérard Houssier
12 Grande Rue
T: + 33 2 48 51 30 04
F: + 33 2 48 51 31 13
Gérard took over from his father, Claude. He works about six hectares of vines. They have their own cellar in the village.

Domaine Alain Martin
Le Bourg
T/F: + 33 2 48 51 71 36
Alain Martin is first and foremost a cereal farmer who has bought some land and vines in both the Quincy and Reuilly appellations.

Christian Pigeat
16 route de Cerbois
T/F: + 33 2 48 51 30 87
Christian 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. 

Guillaume Sorbe
The son of local legend Jean-Michel, who is in the process of developing his own domaine.

Domaine Le Roh
This 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.

Domaine Vilpellet
Lisiane et Jean-Pierre Vilpellet
28 route de Reuilly
T/F: + 33 2 48 51 33 51
Husband and 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 cellar.


Vignobles Joseph Mellot Père et Fils
Catherine Corbeau-Mellot
Route de Ménétréol
T: + 33 2 48 78 54 54
F: + 33 2 48 78 54 55
Joseph 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 Reuilly.

Domaine Henri Bourgeois
Arnaud Bourgeois
T: + 33 2 48 78 53 29
F: + 33 2 48 54 14 24
The highly respected, Chavignol-based Producteur/négociant Henri Bourgeois, has been active in Quincy 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.

Chais du Val de Loire
Jean-Paul Godinat
34 route de Bourges
T: + 33 2 48 64 88 88
F: + 33 2 48 64 87 97
This Producteur/négociant 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.

Domaine Fouassier
180 avenue de Verdun
T: + 33 2 48 54 02 34
F: + 33 2 48 54 35 61
The Sancerre based Producteur/négociant 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’.

Domaine Eric Louis
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
Eric Louis 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.  

Cave 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.


Domaine Pipet
Camille 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.

Gaston Lapha
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.

Domaine Maison Blanche
From the 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 Saumur.

Jacques Sallé
Selice de Quincy
T : + 33 2 54 04 04 48
Jacques Sallé 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 costs.

Denis et Nicole Jaumier
9 Route Lury
T: + 33 2 48 51 33 55
F: + 33 2 48 51 31 02
Denis 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.

Domaine Hubert Brochard
T: + 33 2 48 78 20 10
F: + 33 2 48 78 20 19
The producteur/négociant 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.

Domaine Guy Saget
La Castille
T: + 33 3 86 39 57 75
F: + 33 3 86 39 08 30
Producteur/négociant Guy Saget once listed in a Quincy in their range and I have a reference to Quincy ‘La Boissière’ from the 2002 vintage.

Below are the names of other vignerons whose names have occurred during the course of my research. They are named here for posterity.

Fernand Vilpoux
Lucien Langlois
Roger Duret
Lucien Rapin
Gérald Rapin
- who worked in the cellar that once belonged to Emil Roux.
Maurice & Raymond Rapin – two brothers; between the 1940s and 1970s.
Mmes Surtel
Gilbert Surtel
- whose daughter and son-in-law took over on his death to create … Domaine Brisset-Surtel
Henri Morin
Georges Garnier
René Mardon
René Marchais
Gabriel Lavisse
- aka ‘Billou’
Gérald Meunier
Robert Bidault
Georges Etave
Joseph Lecointre
Alfred Roux
Eric Montintin
– Sancerre grower who at least marketed a Quincy circa 2002.


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