Domaine des Ballandors

Quincy was the first French white wine appellation to be given AOC status...

in 1936. Latterly, however, it is nearby Sancerre that has grabbed the limelight. Jean Tatin, described by Decanter in 2009 as a 'pioneer' of the region, has helped put Quincy back on the map with his crystalline and classic Sauvignon Blanc. Jean and his wife Chantal have 20 hectares in Quincy, planted mainly on the freshwater Kimmeridgian limestone that gives the pure, mineral character to the Ballandors Sauvignon Blanc.

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The grapes for Quincy are grown in four parcels of vines situated in the heart of the Quincy Appellation, on the left bank of the river Cher. 30% of the wine is from old vines and 60% from 20 year old vines and the remaining 10% from younger vines. Each of the parcels has a slightly different soil: 'Chaumoux' is sand over a chalky, flint and limestone base to give the characteristic minerality of this region, whereas 'Les Victoires', 'Le Pressoir' and 'Les Ballandors' are a mix of sand and clay.

Vintage Information

Another complicated and hard year for the vine growers with this succession of climatic hazards. But at the end a nice vintage. The frost on April 27th caused 50% of production losses in Quincy. A fresh and very humid spring in 2016 made ground work almost impossible and increased mildew development, imposing tight protection of the vineyard. The hot and dry summer of 2016, allowed the vineyard to catch up with its growing vegetation and to achieve a good maturity of the grapes in early autumn. Autumn harvest, therefore, lasted from 22 September and 10 October.


Each plot is kept separate to identify the wines by their terroir. The grapes underwent low pressure pneumatic pressing and temperature controlled fermentation. The wine was aged on fine lees with b√Ętonnage.

Tasting Notes

Bright pale yellow in colour with lively citrus and herbs on the nose and a touch of exotic stone fruit. The palate is refreshing, with fine acidity supporting excellent lemon intensity. The finish is long and lingering with gentle mineral notes alongside the round fruit flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Quincy, Loire
Winemaker Jean Tatin and Chantal Wilk
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 3.87g/l
Residual Sugar 0.52g/l