Ente Meursault

Meursault is a lovely little village in the Cote de Beaune of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or.  It is not a wine I often seek out as I generally prefer the elegance and minerality of Puligny to the richer style of Meursault.  That being said, I have had a few that I’ve enjoyed and when I noted a bottle of 2011 Meursault from the highly regarded Domaine Arnaud Ente on the wine list at Plonk here in Bozeman for a fairly reasonable price I decided to give it a try.  This bottling is a blend of grapes from the lieu-dits En l’Ormeau (70%) and Les Casse Tetes (30%).  Ente generally does not use more than 15-20% new oak on any of his wines so that the terroir is not obscured.  I am quite happy that I decided to try this as it was definitely the best Meursault I’ve had and one of, if not the best bottle of white Burgundy I’ve had.  The nose was beguiling with the classic hazelnut, marzipan notes that I always Ente Meursault bottleseem to find in Meursault, lovely light floral notes, ripe peach and pear, rich spice, with hints of lemon peel and wet stone.  The palate was incredibly refined, energetic, and racy.  There was lovely richness and depth, but more striking was the elegance and pure manner in which the flavors were delineated in a presented in a subtle, but powerful manner.  There was lovely ripe fruit and the intensity of the orchard fruits, hazelnut, and spice were lifted with a lovely minerality and the energy seemed to lift the wine and allowed it float lightly across your tongue.  This is what I love about really quality white Burgundy, it has the richness and power of Chardonnay, presented in an almost weightless manner.  We had a glass of this with seared scallops accented by creme fraiche and grapefruit puree and it paired beautifully. We also tasted this with mushroom ravioli with a lemon oil accent that was delicious.  And finally, it paired equally as well with roasted pork chops and rice in a mushroom gravy!  Very versatile at the table as the power of the wine allowed it to pair nicely with the meat and the freshness and energy worked beautifully with the lighter appetizers.  Certainly a great example of Meursault and I will be on the hunt for more wines from monsieur Ente in the near future!


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