Domaine de la Guilloterie

Saumur Champigny – 2017

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

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Saumur-Champigny Rouge Cabernet Franc 100% Planted 1980 – 2005 Calcereous, rocky “Tuffeau” 10.5 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  •  Vineyards owned by Duveau family since 1835 for six generations
  • Now led by Patrice and son Remi
  • Domaine de la Guilloterie vineyards in the Saumur region spread over 50 ha in Saint-Cyr en Bourg, south of the Loire river
  • 10 ha devoted to Saumur Champigny, with calcareous soils with good drainage that quickly warm in the sun
  • Vineyard certified HEV level 2, with 100% native grass cover to promote soil health
  • Leaf removal to promote grape health
Harvest Notes
  • Harvested by hand, berries carefully selected by hand on a sorting table prior to destemming
  • 14 – 18 day fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature
  • Aged in tank 10 months before bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Deep, dark color. Round. Rather round and silky nose of dark fruit notes. Fresh palate on very ripe berries and warm fruit notes, with the perfect Cabernet Franc and terroir,  racy touch, earthy expression, finish is mellow and long. Young but already so elegant, balanced and showing how 2017 has been limited in yield but so generous aromatically.

Wine Summary

100% Cabernet Franc; Alcohol 13.5%; Vine age – 10-35 years; “Tuffeau” soils of limestone-clay with chalky subsoil; vineyard sustainably certified HEV level 2; fermented in stainless steel tanks 10-14 days; aged in tank 10 months before bottling at the estate.

Technical Information
  • 100% Cabernet Franc grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Vine age: 10 – 35 years
  • Soil: limestone-clay soil and sub soils mix called “Tuffeau”
  • Sustainable HEV 2 certification


88 Points

A silky version, with notes of mulberry and rosemary mingling at the core, while earthy mineral details echo in the background. Expressive, showing solid structure and length. Drink now through 2023.

Wine Spectator, November, 2019

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