Only about thirty-five growers produce wine in the tiny 200-hectare appellation of Quincy, which means you don’t see much of it in the U.S. market. It’s a shame, as cheerful, unoaked wine like this one happens to be the antidote to your post-holiday blues. Grown on pink limestone and sandy soil flecked with sparkly silex, the Sauvignon Blanc of Quincy is a little more plump than its neighbors in Reuilly and Sancerre. One glass has enough sunbeams to brighten and lengthen even the shortest winter days.
One taste of Thierry and Christine Boucard’s Cuvée Alouettes ignites a craving in me for a juicy bistro burger finished with a shmear of spicy moutarde forte. Since it’s similar in style and price to an easy-drinking Beaujolais Villages, you’ll want to drink it chilled and, likely, in one sitting. Unlike with other quaffers, though, you can expect a little extra brawn and woodsy fruits like cassis and plum. It’s pure, peppery, and perfect Cabernet Franc.
On the gravelly left bank of the Vienne River in Sazilly lies Charles Joguet’s oldest parcel, Clos de la Dioterie. The ninety-year-old Cabernet Franc vines here are harvested with a little extra love and respect, as their juice transforms into the most age-worthy wine from the estate, thanks in part to northeast exposure and limited yields. The soulful 2015 vintage, albeit high-toned, shows a meatier side of La Dioterie. A seductive, sophisticated hint of smoky cigar box and leather reminds me of a grand vin de Bordeaux.
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