Domaine Benoit Ente
Regional White barrel
Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
Producer note: Benoît Ente, brother of Arnaud (see above), describes 2016 as “a tough vintage for us given the trials and tribulations of the growing season even though our vines were mostly spared by the frost, at least in Puligny. Maturities had trouble advancing until the very end and then sugars rose rapidly but acidities fell equally quickly. I decided to attack the harvest as soon as I had the necessary alcohol levels so as to preserve acidities, which is to say on the 16th of September. While the fruit was clean and ripe, and the fermentations unfolded with no problems, I wasn’t wild about the wines at first as I found them overly round and less precise than I like. However, as the élevage progressed the wines tightened up and their delineation improved and I like them better as a result.” (DNS Wines, www.dnswines.com, San Francisco, CA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Vins & Saveurs, both UK).
Tasting note: An equally fresh nose offers up cool nuances of pear, apple and floral scents. The very round and rich, indeed plump, flavors possess both good volume and a caressing mouth feel while delivering reasonably good length on the bitter lemon-infused finale.