It is told that the tribe known as the Bituriges Cubi, whose territory the village of Quincy included, already cultivated the vine in the time of the Romans, and that they brought it to Bituriges Vivisci (modern-day Argenton) in the area of Bordeaux. Quincy is without doubt one of the oldest wine-growing areas of the Loire Valley. After consecutive replantings caused by phylloxéra, Quincy was the first of the vineyards of the Center-Loire to be granted AOC status as of the first decree in August of 1936. The vineyards of Quincy account for a little more than 220 hectares (about 544 acres) and cover the commune of Quincy and part of the commune of Brinay. Quincy is situated on the western bank of the river Cher about 30 miles southwest of Sancerre. The original plantings of this appellation are in a sector known as the Villalin, and it here that five generations of wine-growers of the Domaine de Villalin have followed one another (and just as with the preceding generations, the working of the soil continues to be carried out with horses). The vines are planted on soils composed of sand and silex (flint), and the nature of the silico-argillaceous soil is very favorable to Sauvignon Blanc and influences the character of the wine it produces. Harvest here is by hand, enabling the domaine to sort when necessary to insure the best quality and to preserve the integrity of the fruit. The wine making is carried out today in temperature-regulated tanks in order to preserve and to develop the aromatic balance of the Sauvignon Blanc. The frementation is done only with native yeasts to keep the typicity of the soil and to create the most natural wines.
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