2017 Benoit Ente Bourgogne-Aligote #165883895
Reviews 90 points Wine Advocate "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 Aligote bottlings to be found along the Cote, and it comes warmly recommended. (WK)"
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About Benoit Ente
Benoit's dedication to sustainable viticulture and attachment to his vineyards' patrimony has earned him a reputation as one of Burgundy's finest white winemakers, alongside his brother Arnaud. He meticulously maintains his soil without chemical weed killers or fertilizers and focuses on "green work" from April to July, including trellising, desuckering, docking, and cropping. Harvest dates are determined with precision, and grapes are handpicked to preserve their freshness and acidity.
The domaine, covering 6 hectares in total, boasts two Premier Crus—Folatières "En la Richarde" and "Clos de la Truffière"—and two Villages appellations, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, along with two Regional appellations, Bourgogne Chardonnay and Bourgogne Aligoté. A portion of Benoit's vineyards were planted by his grandfather in the 1950s, while younger vines were planted by Benoit himself in the 1990s and 2000s. Significant investments in the cellars have further elevated the quality and precision of his vinification and elevage.
Benoit's winemaking philosophy centers around freshness and longevity, utilizing minimal new oak (30% or less) and an extended 18-month elevage. Grapes are gently pressed and settled in a steel tank for 24 hours before undergoing alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in oak casks. The wines are then matured in oak for 12 months, followed by 6 months in stainless steel vats. Most wines remain unfiltered, a rarity for white wines.
Domaine Benoit Ente's wines are celebrated for their balance of power, fruit richness, bright acidity, extract, complexity, purity, and aging potential. With a strong connection to the land and a commitment to expressing the terroir, Benoit Ente has emerged from his brother's shadow, establishing himself as a first-class winemaker in the heart of Burgundy.