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.
This stylish, single-parcel wine is aged in tank to preserve freshness and fruitiness. Acidity and red-berry flavors meld with a hint of pepper and smokiness at the end. Still full of young fruits, the wine will benefit from more aging. Drink from 2021.
From Patrice and Rémi Duveau, an unoaked Cabernet Franc from vines more than 50 years old.
Very deep crimson. Fragrant with good fruit and acidity. Soft and smooth – no great tannic charge – and very juicy. Really gets the saliva flowing. 2020 – 2023