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2018 Brendan Stater-West Saumur Blanc Les Chapaudaises #167272595


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Reviews 90 points Wine Advocate "...the intensely golden-yellow 2018 opens with an elegant, ripe and concentrated yet pure, fresh and slightly flinty bouquet with lovely brioche aromas from the extended less aging. Elegant, pure and fresh on the palate, this is a mineral-driven Chenin from younger vines and exceptional terroir. The finish is complex and tensioned as well as very long and intense. (SR)"

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Brendan Stater-West of Saumur wine fame

About Brendan Stater-West

Brendan Stater-West is an American vigneron in Saumur, France, who started his winemaking journey with a job in a Parisian wine store where he tasted a bottle of Guiberteau. Driven by his passion for wine and the desire to learn the profession, Brendan persuaded Romain Guiberteau, a renowned vigneron in the Loire Valley, to take him under his wing as an apprentice. In 2015, Brendan started his own domaine by leasing a single hectare of land, Les Chapaudaises, next to Romain’s famous lieu-dit in the town of Bizay, Clos du Guichaux. He makes unique expressions of Chenin Blanc and has a great humility and openness of process that could help him become a terrific vigneron. Brendan recently purchased an old cellar in Chacé, a town in the appellation of Saumur-Champigny, and has begun the process of renovating this ancient cave and turning it into his own.

Les Chapaudaises, located a half-kilometer from the famous butte of Brézé on a slightly elevated slope, has composed of tuffeau limestone soil with calcium-rich clay and sand and a plentiful supply of seashell fossils - originating from the Cretaceous Era, making it great white wine soil. Interestingly, tuffeau also provides good structure for masonry, which is evident in the town of Saumur, most of whose buildings are made with these tuffeau rocks.

Saumur is a broad appellation that immediately abuts the southern border of the more famous red-wine appellation, Saumur-Champigny. Brendan’s hectare in Bizay has unique expressions of Chenin Blanc that stand out from other wines produced in the region. His vineyard holdings and winemaking practices make his wines particularly noteworthy. Brendan’s winemaking process includes hand-harvesting, natural fermentation, and aging in neutral oak. His wines have pure and vertical style, with salinity and minerality that showcase the limestone terroir. His first vintage is considered by many to be exceptional and impressive, which is an indicator of his potential as a terrific vigneron.

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