Domaine Benoit Ente
Bourgogne Aligoté ♥
Regional White barrel
Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
Producer note: Benoît Ente, brother of Arnaud (see above), told me that he has added a few more vines and now farms 5.86 ha, up from 5.65. As to the 2017 vintage, he described it as “one that had a much easier growing season compared to the trials and tribulations of its 2016 counterpart. The temperatures were very warm, in fact bordering on hot and I was afraid that we might have heavier wines that lacked acidity and freshness. That’s one of the reasons that I chose to begin picking on the early side, which is to say on the 26th of August. The fruit was spotless and this enabled us to harvest quickly with reasonable but not high yields as there was a significant amount of shatter during the flowering. If I had to choose just one characteristic of the 2017 whites that in my view really defines the vintage it would be how refreshing they are. I for one find them almost irresistible as you just already feel like drinking them. With that said, even as appealing as they are now they should become even more so with a few years of bottle age.” Ente has really been on a roll for the last few vintages and in 2017, every wine in the range is recommended. (DNS Wines, www.dnswines.com, San Francisco, CA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Vins & Saveurs, both UK).
Tasting note: Spiced apple and matchstick nuances introduce racy, well-detailed and lightly stony flavors that possess an attractive intensity on the super-saline and bone dry finish. While there is a hint of warmth, overall this is notably more complex than the average example plus it could well add more if it’s cellared for a few years.