Jean-Max ROGER

The Terroirs

Sancerre Menetou-Salon Pouilly-Fumé

The terroirs of Sancerre


Located along the Loire River, east of Bourges in central France, Sancerre’s vineyards cover a surface area of 2,770 hectares.

The Sancerrois region is made up of 3 types of soils:
  • “Terres blanches”, (white earth), located on the westernmost hills of the Sancerrois region and composed of clay-limestone and Kimmeridgian marls.
  • “Caillottes” (little stones), very pebbly and calcareous.
  • Clay and siliceous soils covering the hills in the eastern part of the appellation area.

Our vineyards are primarily made up of “caillottes” with some “terres blanches”. Only one parcel lies over siliceous soil.
It is on the clay-limestone slopes of Sancerre that the Sauvignon Blanc grape gives the finest expression of its complexity and aromatic palette with scents of white flowers, tropical fruit and citrus, along with fullness and roundness on the palate. Sancerre is recognized internationally as the benchmark style for this varietal.

The terroirs of Menetou-Salon

Terres blanches

These vineyards cover 465 hectares of hills, and lie atop limestone sediments that date back to the Upper Jurassic Period (Kimmeridgian).
The area of appellation is spread over 10 communes: Menetou-Salon, Aubinges, Morogues, Parassy, Pigny, Quantilly, Saint-Céols, Soulangis, Vignoux-sous-les-Aix, and Humbligny.
Our vineyards are located in the commune of Morogues.

The clay-limestone marls of the village of Morogues give our Menetou-Salon wines their originality. This wine’s complexity and aromas of tropical fruits are at their best after a few months of bottle ageing.

The terroirs of Pouilly-Fumé


Located between Burgundy and the Berry region of central France, Pouilly’s vineyards stretch out along the right bank of the Loire River and cover a surface area of 1,224 hectares.

The vineyards here are planted in 4 very different types of soils:
  • Oxfordian limestone soils (“caillottes”)
  • Kimmeridgian marls strewn with small shellfish fossils (“terres blanches”)
  • Portlandian limestone soils (“caillottes”)
  • Clay soils with flint formations dating back to the Cretaceous Period (flint)

Pouilly-Fumé is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in siliceous clay and clay-limestone soils. It is the blend of wines from these two different origins that gives Pouilly-Fumé all of its intensity and aromatic richness. Flint adds a smoky touch of gunflint while clay lends floral notes and brings out the wine’s richness on the palate.

Sancerre Menetou-Salon Pouilly-Fumé
Jean-Max ROGER   -   Sancerre   -   Menetou-Salon   -   Pouilly-Fumé