Vinous Reverie Notes
Jean–François Mérieau’s produces some of the most respected and sought-after wines of the Touraine. Based in the tiny village of Saint-Julien-de-Chédon (which doesn’t seem much changed since the 17th century), Jean–François’ property stretches to almost 35 hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cot, Pineau d’Aunis, Gamay and Chardonnay. Many of the vines are quite old: the youngest of which are 50 years old and the oldest over 100. Unlike most Touraine producers, the vineyards are plowed and the property is in conversion to organic certification. No commercial yeasts are used in the vinification. The winery is based on a rich history that stretches back for generations. It’s not unusual to see three generation in the winery at the same time. Much of the winery and tasting room is in a cave that was carved during the 14th century. The Pinot Noir comes from a parcel of Pinot Noir in Saint Pourçain on chalky clay limestone soils. It is fermented and aged in tank preserving the crisp and crunchy red fruit typical of Pinot Noir grown in the Loire Valley.