Domaine Arnaud Ente is one of the leading wine estates in Meursault, and in all of Burgundy. Previously known for their opulent style, Ente’s wines now combine richness with balanced acidity and minerality.
The Ente family originally hail from Armentières, near Lille in northern France and on the border with Belgium. Arnaud Ente’s father, however, married into a Puligny-Montrachet family.
Arnaud married Marie-Odile Thévenot in 1991 and the pair established what would become Domaine Arnaud Ente in Meursault the following year. In the 1990s, Ente gained a reputation for opulent wines, picking Chardonnay grapes at maximum ripeness.
The estate dialled this back at around the turn of the century and the wines consequently show more acidity and freshness than initial offerings.
Production is tiny, and comes from just four hectares (10 acres) of vines, which are divided across 10 parcels. Ente’s biggest holdings are in the village-level Meursault En L’Ormeau vineyard.
This parcel is split into three based on the age of the vines, and grapes from the vineyard are used to make the generic Meursault, the Clos des Ambres, and the La Sève du Clos cuvées.
92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“A beautiful wine, Ente’s 2018 Meursault Clos des Ambres unwinds to reveal aromas of pear, orange oil, wheat toast, chamomile and subtle hints of praline. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, with lively acids and chalky structuring extract, it’s an elegant, nicely concentrated rendition of a cuvée that I’ve always particularly enjoyed chez Ente. I suspect it will develop very nicely with some time in bottle. (WK) 92+ “(1/2021)
90-92 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
“This is aromatically similar to the straight Meursault villages but with more prominent floral nuances. The solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors brim with sappy dry extract and excellent richness to the palate coating and nicely powerful finish. This appealingly textured effort is quite tightly wound and will need time in bottle to fully mature. *Outstanding*” (6/2020)