2007 Domaine des Ballandors Quincy (Previously $17)

SKU #1047309

If you love Sancerre, but not the cost, you need to discover the wines of Quincy. Like Sancerre, these wines are 100% Sauvignon Blanc. And this incredible value from Ballandors is just as minerally, high acid and grippy as any Sancerre that's twice the price. It features green apple and citrus fruit on the nose and palate and a bright, steely finish. And just like its fancy pants neighbor, this 2007 is fantastic to pair with oysters, clams, crab or anything featuring fresh herbs and chevre.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2010  | Send Email
Quincy lies 40km sout west of Sancerre, producing wines entirely of Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is racy and extremely aromatic, with minerality and grapefruit hints vying for center stage. It is dry and long on the palate, yet short on the pocket book. This is great Sauvignon!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/10/2010  | Send Email
The appellation of Quincy sits very near Sancerre and is known for very similar steely, crisp, minerally Sauvignon Blanc. So what is the difference between a good Quincy and a good Sancerre? Oh about $10.00. This has tons of apple and crushed citrus fruit followed by bright, steely minerality. A great value for Sancerre fans or anyone who loves great Sauvignon Blanc.

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/1/2010  | Send Email
I just fell in love....with Quincy! Little did I know this little gem was a full blown Sauvignon Blanc with stunning style and finesse. And because this region is not as well known as the other white wine making regions in France the price is spectacularly lower! Lots of minerals and white stone fruits with a touch of citrus and mouthwatering acidity make this people-pleasing white a winner for any occasion!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2010  | Send Email
Just southwest of the village of Sancerre in the Loire Valley lies the town of Quincy, where Sauvignon Blanc is also grown. Side-by-side, the Sauvignons being produced from each village are incredibly similar, with one exception: the wines of Quincy are half the price. More importantly, some of the productions of Quincy can rival single vineyard productions of Sancerre, and that is the case with the Domaine Des Ballandors 2007 Quincy. Bright, lovely aromas of Pippin apples combine with limestone-like mineral tones that carry over to its mouthwatering, clean and crisp palate, it finishes with a long, refreshing, dry mouthfeel. This Gem screams to be served with shellfish and, as a result, The Bean has informed me that the Ballandors 2007 Quincy will be one of our house whites for the month.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2009  | Send Email
I love Sauvignon Blanc, and for me, the varietal reaches its highest expression in the wines of the Loire Valley. I love a good Sancerre or Pouilly Fume, although it is becoming harder to find one at a good price for everyday drinking. For value I look to the satellite appellations of Quincy, Reuilly, and Menetou Salon. The 2007 Domaine des Ballandors Quincy is a remarkable find. Lovely mineral and citrus notes on the nose. Tart grapefruit and gunflint. This wine really shows the strength of the 2007 vintage. A classic Loire Sauvignon Blanc at an unbeatable price!

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/18/2009  | Send Email
I love crisp, refreshing, mineral driven Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Though more fine-boned than Sancerre, what the Domaine des Balladors Quincy lacks in austerity and nerves, she makes up for in nuance and finesse. Sweeter stone fruit notes and a floral quality, supported by a mineral core and broad palate, make this white a charming and versatile dining companion

By: Patty Torrel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/10/2009  | Send Email
The tiny 200 hectare appellation called Quincy has sandier soils than its famous neighbor, Sancerre, so their Sauvignon Blancs tend to be softer and a bit more pungent. This stylistic shift makes The Domaine des Ballandors perfect for those who would like to be introduced to Sancerre whites, but often find them a bit too austere. Both the palate and the nose carry flavor profiles of light citrus, white nectarine, and a slight almond skin character. Buoyed by a sufficient amount of acidity, this wine finishes strong with just a touch of minerality. Pair this with your typical Sancerre fair: oysters, delicate white fish, or goat cheese.

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.