The vineyards of Menetou-Salon cover an area of about 1090 ha, of which 540 ha are currently planted. The appellation covers 10 communes. The overall homogeneity of the soil of Menetou-Salon ensures that the product has both a true and fine identity.
During the secondary era, the area of Menetou-Salon was under the sea. Thus the land is composed of limestone sediments extremely rich in shells, in particular a little oyster in the form of a curl (known as the Nanogyra Striata, or "sheeps horn" or "chicken's ear", in old "Berrichon".
At the end of the Jurassic period (between 141 and 146 million years ago), the sea disappeared before a glacial period. This geological period is known as the "Kimmeridgian" after Kimmeridge Bay in the South of England, where the sub-soil shows the same characteristics.
  The geological age of the soils in the vineyards of Menetou-Salon date from the Upper Jurassic when the upper and lower Kimmeridgian soils were formed; (this type of soil can also be found under the Chablis Grand Crus). Here one can find ‘Buzancais limestone' (Lower Kimmeridgian), at the top of hills and the ‘Saint Douchard marls' (Upper Kimmeridgian), at their bases, one can also find Ammonites.
The formation of this ‘Saint Doulchard marl' also known in the old days as ‘Exogyres Marl', covers a part of the north of the Berrichonne Champagne, from Bourges (20KM) to the Sancerrois.
In Menetou-Salon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon have the optimal conditions to best develop their maximum aromatic potential on limestone-clay soils from the Kimmeridgian period.
Menetou-Salon is a true wine of its terroir.




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