2009 Domaine Benoit Ente Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Houlieres"

SKU #1090518 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet is all class and elegance. Rich and expressive on the palate, the Chassagne shows gorgeous persistence and depth to match an understated, refined personality. The wine keeps getting bigger in the glass, showing tons of villages character and energy. It is a fabulous bottle at the villages level. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (9/2011)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* An extremely subtle hint of sulfur does not unduly detract from the equally pungent nose of resin, pear and yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is good richness and volume to the delicious and solidly complex flavors that possess good verve and excellent balance. I quite like this as it makes you feel like drinking it.  (2/2011)

K&L Notes

I do not use the description "Top Producer" lightly. And if you know me, you know I am seldom prone to hyperbole about how good growers are. But mark my words, Domaine Benoit Ente is making some of the purest, most focused white wines in all of Burgundy. He is less well-known than his brother Arnaud Ente, but I actually prefer his wines, as they are less worked for richness and more representative of the place they come from, in my experience. If you are looking for life, vibrancy and a clear attention to terroir, this is the place to find them! I have followed his wines for multiple vintages now, and would suggest to you that if you miss his 2009s you will be sorry. He has no Grands Cru vineyards, although his Folatieres is better than many Grands Cru I have tasted, and his village wine better than many Premier Crus. He makes only one Chassagne-Montrachet; it is a village wine, from the single vineyard, Les Houlieres. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.