Menetou-Salon AOC is an appellation for still wines of all three colours from the commune of Menetou-Salon itself and nine surrounding ones in the Cher department, west of Sancerre in the Central Vineyards area of the the Loire valley. Communal names may be appended to the Menetou-Salon label. The region lies between the town of Bourges to the south-west, and the Loire to the north-east.
Communes (10): Aubinges. | Humbligny. | Menetou-Salon. | Morogues. | Parassy. | Pigny. | Quantilly. | Saint-Céols. | Soulangis. | Vignoux-sous-les-Aix.
History: Statutes dated 1063 and 1100 tell us that the Seigneur of Menetou made donations to various religious orders in the region. Meanwhile, from other documents we learn that wines from the Menetou- Salon region were among the most highly prized wines served by Jacques Coeur, a silversmith who took over the seigneurie of Menetou in 1450. It is said that when Agnès Sorel, a favourite of Charles VII, came to stay at his Château, she was particularly impresses by the “Clos de la Dame” wine.
Soil: The vines are planted in upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian) limestone sediment. The rugged side of the coast (Cuesta) to the Menetou-Salon.
Climate:Temperate climate with a continental influence. Average temperatures range from -1° in winter to 26° in summer; the wide variations can be explained by a gradual reduction in oceanic influence. Spring frosts pose a danger, (1991) but tend to be rare. Average annual rainfall is 739 mm.
Wine production & vineyard area: 2002 24,038hl of which 14,650 was white (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.981).
Menetou-Salon Blanc AOC: Dry white wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc described as ‘chalky’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.169).
Menetou-Salon Rosé AOC: Dry pink wine from 100% Pinot Noir.
Menetou-Salon Rouge AOC: Dry red wine made from 100% Pinot Noir described as ‘cherry fresh’ by Oz Clarke (2015. p1.69).