Region : The AOC Menetou-Salon covers 500 hectares, the soils are composed of siliceous rocks, sandy silt, flint rocks, sandstone and limestone. The climate is semi-continental but many microclimates exist depending on the area. The wine landscape is rather mild in the west, and high and steep in the east.
AOP : Menetou-Salon
Grape Variety : Pinot Noir
Domain : Le Prieuré de Saint-Céols
Type of Soil : Clay and limestone marl from the Kimmeridgian era
Density of Planting : 6500 vines/ha
Age of Vines : 27 years
Yield : n/a
Features : 12,5%, Residual sugar : 0,1 g/l. Contains sulfites
Cultural method : The domain´s work is certified with a “Terra Vitis” label. Pierre Jacolin is influenced by a long experience of perennial crops (fruit trees, red berries). From the third year the vine inter-rows are grassed systematically in order to preserve the erosion and retain excellent soil biological activity. Guyot simple pruning. Yields are controlled in order to move towards an optimum concentration of aromatic grapes. The grapes that do not reach these criteria are eliminated during the growing season between May and September.
Winemaking : Total de-stemming of the harvest. Cold maceration (8 °C) for 8 days. Maceration and fermentation for 10 to 15 days in stainless steel vats.
Racking and low pressure pneumatic pressing.
Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged in barrels 12 months.
Bottled without filtration.
The Colour : garnet red
The Smell : The smell is intense and complex with fruity aromas (cooked cherries, figs) and empyreumatic aromas (gingerbread, smoke).
The Taste : Round attack, the mouth is full, creamy, framed by silky tannins and balanced. The set, ends more smoothly with aromas of cherry and praline.
Serving Suggestions :
To enjoy with red meat, game and cheese.
Serve between 15 and 17 °C.
Aging Capacity :
8 to 10 years