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Benoit Ente Bourgogne Aligote 2018
Benoit Ente Bourgogne Aligote 2018

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Benoit Ente is the younger brother to Arnaud Ente, one of the greatest chardonnay producers in the world, but if he continues on his current trajectory he won’t be known as the “other” Ente for long. While Benoit has been making wine since the late 80s, it wasn’t until 1997 that he was able to acquire his own vineyards. He inherited less than 4 hectares almost exclusively in Puligny‐Montrachet, as well as small plots in Chassagne‐Montrachet and Meursault. At the outset, Benoit began making wines that focused on richness, power, and weight by using a higher percentage of new oak and frequent battonage to give density. Like many passionate, young vingnerons, he wanted to make a statement. With maturity however comes a greater perspective and following the 2004 harvest, Benoit has steadily evolved to the point where today, he is making wines of incredible purity and balance. Benoit’s wines are precise and focused with a tension to them that is not unlike a coiled spring waiting to unfurl. On the palate, his wines do just that and the tightly knit structure detected on the nose is revealed in layers of complexity.

Benoit Ente's 2017 Bourgogne Aligoté is derived from three parcels in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet—together amounting to one hectare—that were planted in 1949, 1963 and 2002 respectively, and which are pruned in cordon. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of fresh pear, lemon oil, pastry cream and a subtle touch of reduction that dissipates with aeration, the wine is medium to full-bodied, elegantly satiny and enveloping, with a racy spine of acidity and a long, saline finish. This is one of the finest Aligoté bottlings to be found along the Côte, and it comes warmly recommended. Wine Advocate 90 (2017)

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