Jean-Max ROGER

The Vines

Our vines within the Sancerre area of appellation are located within the communes of Bué and Sancerre, and the hamlets of Amigny, Crézancy and Vinon. They are planted in the most famous vineyards: Le Grand Chemarin, Le Clos Derveau, and Saint Martin, with a small proportion in Le Chêne Marchand.

The soils in these vineyards, whose steeps slopes benefit from southern / south-eastern exposure, date back to the Jurassic Period. These very stony, limestone-rich soils are known locally as “caillottes” and they lend elegance and finesse to the wines made from the grapes grown here. When these soils are sufficiently rich in clay, as is the case for most of the estate’s vineyards, they also ensure good ageing potential for the wines.

70% of our Sancerre vineyards are planted with Sauvignon Blanc while Pinot Noir represents 30%.

le vignoble en hiver travail du sol travail de l'inter cep développement des grappes de raisin faune & flore

Within the Menetou-Salon area of appellation, our vines are located in the commune of Morogues, in the vineyard known as “Le Petit Clos”, on a steep, south-facing slope. The clay-limestone soil, which dates back to the Kimmeridgian stage of the Jurassic Period, is known here as “terres blanches”.
“Le Petit Clos” is planted exclusively with Sauvignon Blanc vines.
Just a few hundred metres from “Le Petit Clos”, where the soil is identical in composition, the “Vignes de Fourchet” vineyard produces both white Menetou-Salon that goes into our “Le Charnay” cuvée, as well as red Menetou-Salon made with Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc represents 80% of the surface area under production with the remainder devoted to Pinot Noir.

Le Sauvignon blanc Le Pinot Noir Le Grand-Chemarin Récolte manuelle Sauvignon blanc doré

Our vines are grown traditionally. They are trained low and are planted closely together with a density of 7,000 to 8,000 vines per hectare.
The vines are pruned in the winter between December and March. Single Guyot pruning is the technique most commonly used throughout the estate, though a few parcels are pruned according to the Cordon de Royat method.
In the spring, the double buds are pruned and shoots are removed to control yields and ensure healthy growth of the future leaves.
The soil in the vineyards is either worked mechanically or grass is grown between the rows depending on the risk of erosion and the vines’ needs for nutrients and water.
Treatment options are carefully considered beforehand in order to protect biodiversity through reduced use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
This style of vineyard management encourages the sustainability of the vines and the terroir. It also ensures the production of quality grapes while protecting the environment.

 Pinot Noir Récolte du Pinot Noir Le Grand Chemarin Récolte des Sauvignon Récolte mécanique
Jean-Max ROGER   -   Sancerre   -   Menetou-Salon   -   Pouilly-Fumé