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Brendan Stater-West, Saumur La Ripaille, 2018

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A vibrant and earthy, ultimately refreshing view into the Ripaille vineyard


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A little over a decade ago, young ex-pat Brendan Stater-West, then working as a waiter in Paris, had an "aha!" moment drinking a bottle of cult-producer Romain Guiberteau's top white, Brézè. Soon after, he talked his way into a job at that venerable Saumur address, where he still works as Guiberteau's assistant winemaker.

Stater-West has been making his own wines in recent years, though, and they're seriously good in their own right. Stylistically, they're somewhat less oaky and tannic that those he makes at Guiberteau, and a bit more delicate and saline.

This budding domaine has access to some truly exceptional terroirs. Astute Loire lovers will recognize the names Ripaille and Brézè – two of Saumur's very best sites for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, respectively


  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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