Bourgogne Blanc Benoit Ente 2016
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. He likes acidity in his wines feeling that the acidity is the backbone that gives the wines freshness as well as longevity in the cellar. Often times, Benoit prefers to pick on the earlier side to preserve this freshness and acidity he seeks, but it is certainly not at the expense of ripeness as his wines are gifted at expressing each individual terroir. He has moved to a longer élevage of 18 months and continues to reduce the amount of new wood in the cellar. Today less than 30% is the norm here. Benoit boasts an impressive lineup of vineyard holdings. In Chassagne?Montrachet he has a tiny parcel in Houillères, a well situated villages vineyard on the border with Puligny?Montrachet, while in Puligny?Montrachet, he has an impressive array of vines from villages to the 1er Crus of Sous le Puits, Truffières, and Folatières.
This simple Bourgogne Blanc hits well above its price class. No doubt it is big and round, but the acidity balances it out nicely and brings it back down to classic white burg on the finnish.