Brendan Stater-West

Brendan Stater-West winemaker from Saumur France
Brendan Stater-West vineyard in the Loire Valley France
Brendan Stater-West at Romain Guiberteau's winery
Tuffeau limestone with calcium-rich clay and sand with a plentiful supply of seashell fossils
Brendan Stater-West at his vineyard half-kilometer from the now famous butte of Brézé
Vineyard soil is completely composed of tuffeau limestone
Tuffeau rock from Brendan's hectare in Bizay.
Brendan Stater-West wine cellar

The Story

There are a lot of nice guys in the world, but few could be described as more genuinely nice than Brendan Stater-West.  One might ask how a young American guy from Oregon with no winemaking history ends up in Saumur as the assistant vigneron to Romain Guiberteau, one of the most celebrated vignerons in the Loire Valley.  It started with a job in a Parisian wine store where Brendan first tasted a bottle of Guiberteau.  Fortune brought the young man a wonderful French wife, and they moved to Saumur where he asked Romain for a job.  Romain agreed, a move that proved to be beneficial for both.

Instinctually driven in the styling of his unique expression of Chenin Blanc and self-regulated by great humility and  openness of process, Brendan has the right ingredients to become a terrific vigneron. If his beautiful first vintage is any indicator, you’ve been given fair warning.  His current boss and mentor, Romain Guiberteau, helped Brendan launch his domaine in 2015 by leasing him a single hectare of land next to Romain’s famous lieu-dit in the town of Bizay, Clos du Guichaux.

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Lay of the Land

Saumur is a broad appellation that immediately abuts the southern border of the more famous red-wine appellation, Saumur-Champigny.  Not all Saumur wines are created equal, and there are no parallels to the white wines made from the hills of Brézé and St.Cyr, though one might consider an exception for the adjacent hillocks, which share the same tuffeau bedrock, like Brendan’s hectare in Bizay.

Brendan’s single hectare of vines comes from the lieu-dit, Les Chapaudaises.  A half-kilometer from the now famous butte of Brézé, on slightly elevated slope, the vineyard soil is completely composed of tuffeau limestone with calcium-rich clay and sand with a plentiful supply of seashell fossils.

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Saumur Les Chapaudaises
Chenin Blanc wine from Saumur, Loire Valley France.

Brendan Stater-West - Stater-West 6-pack

  • 2018 Saumur Blanc, Breze

    1 in stock

  • 2018 Saumur Blanc, les Chapaudaises

    13 in stock

  • 2019 Saumur Blanc

    1 in stock

  • 2019 Saumur Rouge × 2

    14 in stock

  • 2018 Saumur Rouge, La Ripaille

    1 in stock

1 in stock

Price: $282.00 $225.60
Size: 750ml

1 in stock

Type of Wine: White
Style: Mineral