Domaine de la Guilloterie

Saumur Champigny – 2019

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards owned for 6 generations by the Duveau family in Saint-Cyr en Bourg, south of the Loire river.

  • Soils: Limestone-clay, with a chalky subsoil called “Tuffeau,” well-draining and fast-warming
  • Vineyard area: 10.5 ha / 25.3 acres
  • Vine age: 10 – 35 years
  • 100% native grass cover to promote healthy soils
  • Selective leaf removal
  • Vineyard certified Sustainable HEV 2 – high environmental value
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested with precise berry selection on a sorting table
  • Destemming, then maceration for 14 – 18 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 10 months in tank at controlled temperatures
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Winemaker's Notes

Deep garnet, nearly black color. Intense and complex nose of ripe red and black fruits, with licorice notes. The wine offers a suave, velvety and ample palate with round and chewy tannins. A delicious and fruity length with long-lasting fragrance. Such a gentle wine with smooth, silky tannins and deep, ripe, generous fruit. Gourmand, with great substance.

Wine Summary

100% Cabernet Franc; Alcohol 14%; vineyards just south of Loire river; 10 – 35 year old vines; “Tuffeau” soils of limestone-clay with chalky subsoil; vineyard sustainably certified HEV level 2; fermented in stainless steel tanks 14 -18 days; aged in tank 10 months; bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Sustainable Agriculture HVE 2 Certified

Reviews

90 Points

Classic stalky, smoky red-fruit flavors set the scene for a ripe, bright and still-young wine. Floral and spicy, the wine has red-currant and berry flavors and will age well. Drink from 2022.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2021

90 Points

A lovely beam of savory-laced dark cherry fruit forms the core here, while subtle hints of dried flowers and olive peek through on the finish, with lingering minerality. Pretty. Drink now through 2024. 4,165 cases made, 560 cases imported.

Wine Spectator, December, 2021

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