The Terroirs of Quincy with Domaines Tatin, 2018

I have come round to the belief over the past year or so that it is much more enjoyable to drink a good wine from Quincy (or indeed any of the other islands of Sauvignon Blanc that orbit Sancerre) than a lesser wine from a more renowned appellation. In truth, it is not that I ever held the opposite belief. It is just that in exploring Quincy in some detail over the last twelve months, penning a number of new profiles including Domaine Lecomte, Domaine Roux, Adèle Rouzé and Jacques Rouzé, I have encountered a number of really quite striking wines, many of which are sold for a song. And when I think back to some of the more ropey examples of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé I have tasted in years gone by, wines which still command a premium price thanks to the famous appellation on the label, it is a no-brainer which wine I would rather drink.

Domaine Tatin

Some of the more convincing wines I have tasted come from Jean Tatin, usually under the name of Domaine du Tremblay, occasionally as Domaines Tatin. Recently, in the 2014 vintage, Jean released a set of four single-vineyard wines in order to demonstrate some of the different styles that the generally sandy and gravelly soils of this appellation engender. Duly tasted, I report on these four wines here, but first a little background information on Quincy and its terroir.

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