Domaine Arnaud Ente
is one of the hottest wine properties in Mersault
today and arguably
Burgundy's brightest rising star. Stylistically Arnaud's wines lie somewhere
between the rich, generous, hedonistic style of Dominique Lafon
linear, precise, mineral, citrus character of Coche Dury
Arnaud's family is originally from the north of France. His father married the
daughter of Puligny vigneron Camille David and Arnaud was born in 1966. While
working at the legendary Coche Dury Arnaud married Marie-Odile in 1991 and the
following year started work in Meursault, farming vineyards rented from his
father-in-law, vigneron Phillipe Thévenot.
During the 1990s Arnaud's wines attracted a lot of attention for their
, due to his preference to pick late for maximum ripeness.
Since 2000 the wines have displayed a more complex, naturally acidic style with
enhanced minerality, which reflects the move to a programme of earlier picking.
His wines are now amongst the very finest in the village.
Arnaud's aim is to do the best possible job from the vineyards he has available
to him. He currently exploits 4 hectares with a total workforce of four people:
himself, his wife Marie-Odile and two employees. Few, if any, other domaines
have as high a ratio of man hours per hectare.
Arnaud is every bit as meticulous in the cellar as in the vineyard. Large 600
litre barrels are used for his Aligoté
and some of his regular Meursault cuvée. The rest is vinified
and matured in normal barrels for the first year, without much emphasis on new
oak. With the thoughtfulness for which Arnaud is known, the percentage of new
wood barrels used for his top wines has dropped from 35% to 20% and a variety
of different barrel types are now used to increase the complexity of the final