Domaine de la Guilloterie

Elégance Saumur Blanc – 2015

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

Saumur Blanc Chenin Blanc Planted 1975 – 1995 Limestone-clay, Chalky “Tuffeau” subsoil 30 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Domaine de la Guilloterie plots devoted to the White Saumur Elegance production, are located in Breze, extremely reputed village and terroir for Chenin Blanc expression.
  • Simple guyot training, base-buds removal and – for their Red Saumur – vine’s leaves removed if necessary.
Harvest Notes
  • Grapes are harvested only when very ripe.
  • Grapes are taken to a sorting table, perfectly cold pressed & settled with oxygenation of the must, cold (15 degree C) vinification and a few months aging process on the lees in small temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Winemaker's Notes
  • Brilliant and full aromatic expression of the Chenin Blanc from this rich and amazing 2015 vintage, but remaining crunchy and zesty, with floral and  multiple white fruits juices’ nose.
  • Superbly ripe  palate in perfect harmony with the nose, keeping the great and unique « Elegance » signature and characteristics on white fruits, citrus, anise and  flowers, ending balanced with the proper acidity.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Chenin Blanc grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1975 – 1995.
  • Grown on soils of Limestone-clay, Chalky “Tuffeau” subsoil.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged for 3 months.
Technical Information
  • Blend: Chenin Blanc (100%)
  • Alcohol:  13.0%


91 Points

This is very energetic, with fennel, star fruit, yellow apple and quince notes carried by filigreed acidity and backed by racy verbena and mineral accents.  A delight.  Best from 2017 through 2022.

Wine Spectator, October, 2016

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