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Stater-West 2018 Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley, France

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Stater-West 2018 Saumur , Loire Valley, France

Brendan Stater-West has been quietly but quickly generating a profile as one of the Loire Valley's hottest new producers. A young American guy from Oregon with no winemaking history ends up in Saumur as the assistant vigneron to Romain Guiberteau--that's a story in itself. But Brendan's natural talent is clearly apparent once you take a sip of his wines. He launched his domaine in 2015, and has been improving his wines with each vintage!

  • Variety: Chenin Blanc 
  • Terroir: Fruit for ‘Les Chapaudaises’ comes from a small, one-hectare plot in the heart of Saumur. Brendan Stater-West moved to France ten years ago to teach English and fell in love with wine while working at a retail shop in Paris. He founded his namesake domaine in 2015 after scoring an apprenticeship and studying under Romain Guiberteau.
  • Farming: Lutte raisonnée, organic methods
  • Vinification: Harvest is sorted in the vineyard then destemmed 100% upon arrival at Brendan’s facility. Maceration is based on an infusion style, no extraction (no pump-overs, pigeage, delestage) and lasts 6 days in order to preserve delicate and purity in texture. Aging is also in stainless steel for 6 months. 2018 is the first vintage bottled.
  • Tasting Notes: Zesty and bright with a strong mineral core and notes of green apple skin, dried honey, and body that continues to build to a lifted, mineral finish.
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