Appellation
Menetou-Salon
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History

Written documents attest to the presence of vineyards in Menetou-Salon since Classical Antiquity. In feudal times, the lords of Menetou-Salon made donations to many of the religious orders in the area, notably the Benedictine Saint-Sulpice Abbey in Bourges. But it was above all the great Jacques Cœur, King Charles VII’s Superintendent of Finances, whose endorsement brought the wines of this appellation to prominence. Enamoured with the wines of Menetou-Salon, he would bring them to the King’s table where they were appreciated by the great lords.

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Terroirs

The Menetou-Salon vineyards are spread across 10 communes (Menetou-Salon, Aubinges, Morogues, Parassy, Pigny, Quantilly, Saint-Céols, Soulangis, Vignaux-sous-les-Aix and Humbligny) with two very distinct types of soil. Kimmeridgian marls containing small fossilized oysters are found on this gently undulating land, as are limestone and clay marls. Over 100 million years ago in the Secondary Era, the sea completely covered the area, creating calcareous sediments very rich in shells, notably small oysters in the shape of a comma.

 

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Climate

The climate is temperate, with dual oceanic and continental influences. The winters are cool and dry while the summers are hot.

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Sauvignon

The Sauvignon Blanc grape draws great vivacity and mineral tension from these soils. The white wines are crisp and supple with citrus fruit notes and hints of tropical fruits.

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Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir, a well-balanced grape variety, produces red wines with an intense and fruity nose, notes of cherry and blackcurrant, with silky tannins and a well-balanced roundness.