Domaine de la Guilloterie

Saumur Champigny – 2019

Region: France - Loire

Domaine de la Guilloterie

Six miles south of the city of Saumur in the Loire Valley lies the Saint-Cyr en Bourg, home of the Duveau family. Since 1835, six generations of the family have farmed vineyards and made wine at Domaine de la Guilloterie. Today, the father and son Patrice and Rémi Duveau’s carry on the family legacy.

The 135.90 acre (55 hectare) estate is nestled in the appellation of Saumur Champigny, named after the village of Champigny. 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 1990’s, 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 Crémant from the same grape. Reds and rosés are made from Cabernet Franc.

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