Quincy boasts the strange distinctions of becoming the first official Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in the Loire valley and the second in the whole of France (after founding father Châteauneuf-du-Pape) in August 1936. Quite why this enclave of the Central Vineyards was singled out for such honour is lost in the sands of time but the Loire valley had long been a summer playground for wealthy Parisians so perhaps strings were pulled by a person of influence. Despite its head start, Quincy remains an relatively small and unassuming vine area but it is an old one (the name is thought to be the legacy of a roman vigneron called Quintius) and can yield wines that are great value for money.
Jerôme de la Chaise tends 10 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc vines at Domaine des Bruniers that are planted on free-draining, alluvial, silica and clay soils that yield the nervy, dry whites for which Quincy is renowned. His finished wine has a pale colour, delicate elderflower scents and a citrus-edged palate with an elegant, dry finish. It makes an excellent aperitif or partner to asparagus or goat's cheese.