Domaine de la Guilloterie

Saumur Champigny – 2012

Region: France - Loire

Domaine de la Guilloterie

For six generations, from 1835, the Duveau family has produced wine at their estate, Domaine de La Guilloterie, in the Saumur Champigny region of the Loire Valley. Now, Patrice and Philippe Duveau carry on the family legacy and manage the 50 hectare (123 acre) estate.

Grapes / Soils

Cabernet Franc (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) Planted 1980 – 2005 Calcerous, rocky “Tuffeau” 5 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Situated just south of the Loire River, Saumur Champigny is technically part of the province of Anjou, however the wines are more akin to the adjoining province of Touraine to the east.
  • Chenin Blanc was the traditional grape of the region planted on the calcareous rocky soils known as TUFFEAU.
  • Chenin Blanc was prone to chlorosis, a condition in which leaves produce insufficient chlorophyll, so in the 1990s Cabernet Franc was widely planted.
  • Now Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are the primary grape varieties of the region where dry and sweet versions of Chenin abound along with bountiful quantities of Cremant from the same grape.
  • Reds and rosés are made from Cabernet Franc.
  • The Duveaus farm under Sustainable Agriculture principles.
  • The vineyards are covered with native grasses to promote soil health and reduce vine vigor.
  • Green harvesting and removal of leaves is performed to insure quality and health of the grapes.
Harvest Notes
  • At harvest, grapes are carefully selected on a sorting table prior to de-stemming.
  • Maceration and pumping over the must takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
  • Fermentation lasts for 14-18 days.
  • The wine remains in tank for 10 months before bottling at the estate.
Winemaker's Notes

The Saumur Champigny from Domaine de la Guilloterie is made to be enjoyed immediately upon release and up to 3-5 years after.

Wine Summary
  • Made from Cabernet Franc (90%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1980 – 2005.
  • Grown on soils of Calcerous, rocky “Tuffeau.”
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged for 10 months.
Technical Information
  • 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Terroir: Limestone-clay soil-Chalky subsoil called “Tuffeau.”
  • Vine age – 10 to 35 years.

 

 

General Info

Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation(s) Saumur, Saumur-Champigny
Proprietors Patrice and Philippe Duveau
Founded 1835
Winemaker Patrice and Philippe Duveau
Annual Production 4,500 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable