Domaine Benoit Ente Puligny Montrachet "Clos de la Truffiere" 1er Premier Cru 2017
(Burgundy, France) – [WA 94] [BH 91-93] 750mL
Regular price $263.98
About the Winemaker:
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.
Benoit prefers fresh wines with great cellar longevity, utilizing less and less new wood (30% or less nowadays) and a long, 18-month elevage. A vintage like 2017 allows a vintner like Benoit to really soar: the wines are drinking generously now but will shine for years to come.
Ratings & Reviews
"The 2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Truffière derives from an isolated parcel surrounded by trees and the dry stone walls Burgundians know as "murgers." The vines are planted north-south, making them challenging to farm but protecting them from sunburn, and excellent drainage makes the site susceptible to hydric stress. This year's wine has turned out superbly, unwinding in the glass with aromas of lemon oil, mandarin, white flowers and warm bread, followed by a full-bodied, textural and multidimensional palate that's tensile, precise and beautifully complete." - William Kelley (Jan 2020)
91-93 Points – Allen Meadows’ Bughound:
“A more elegant, cooler and airier nose reflects notes of green apple, acacia and a variety of citrus influences. There is a notably finer mouth feel to the appealingly textured, intense and mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that deliver markedly better depth and persistence on the dry but not really austere finish where once again a hint of warmth emerges. In a word, lovely.” (Jun 10, 2019)