The Lagerfeld of the Loire – this is genius. An indelible sketch that captures the extraordinary; that which transcends grape, region and time. The House of Trotereau, with vines dating from early Coco Chanel days (plantings from 1905 and 1943) predates the appellation of Quincy itself established in 1936, remains vanguard.
Today it seems odd that Quincy was the first appellation established in the Loire Valley, and the second appellation in all of France after Chateauneuf du Pape. The Sauvignon Blanc of Quincy as late as the 1960s fetched much higher prices than its northern neighbors in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. Lamentably, much of today's Quincy is innocuously homogenized by co-ops, much the way Beaujolais has been economically and qualitatively plagued.
A bastion of hope remains with Trotereau and the masterful work of Pierre Ragon who has managed the property since 1973. From this 5 acre old vine parcel, not to be confused with Trotereau's regular bottling, Ragon produces the most compelling wine of Quincy, period. Unctuously rich and viscous, the aromatic profile is a mix of honeysuckle, white peach, lemon peel, chamomile and a touch of mineral with gooseberry. Sandy Silex soils pillowed on a bed of pink limestone create a wine that will remain fashionable; in vogue.