Domaine Arnaud Ente

Domaine Arnaud Ente

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 and the 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. The vineyards from this connection are currently being exploited by Arnaud’s brother Benoit (and by an aunt who sells in bulk to negociants). While working at the legendary Coche Dury, Arnaud married Marie-Odile Thévenot 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 opulent style, 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. The grapes are sometimes crushed before pressing in a hydraulic press, before the juice is settled and then put into barrel. Large 600 litre barrels are used for his Aligoté, Bourgogne Blanc 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 wines.

The white grapes are usually crushed, though not always, before pressing. The must is left to settle for 24 hours then the clear juice and fine lees are put in barrel for 11 months ageing before being racked into tank for a further six months maturation. They are bottled without fining or filtration. As well as the wines listed below there are interesting cuvees of Aligoté and red Bourgogne Grande Ordinaire (gamay) both from vines planted in 1938, and Bourgogne Blanc.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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2007 Meursault, La Sève du Clos, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2007
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12.1% Alcohol
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2013 Meursault, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2013
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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2013 Meursault, La Goutte d'Or, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2013
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Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Meursault, Clos des Ambres, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2014
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Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Meursault, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2014
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13.0% Alcohol
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2016 Meursault, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2016
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12.0% Alcohol
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2014 Meursault, La Sève du Clos, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2014
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13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Volnay, Les Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2014
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12.5% Alcohol
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2011 Volnay, Les Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2011
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13.0% Alcohol
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2010 Meursault, La Goutte d'Or, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2010
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12.5% Alcohol
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2012 Volnay, Les Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2012
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12.5% Alcohol
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2011 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire, Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2011
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12.0% Alcohol
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2005 Meursault La Sève du Clos, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2005
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13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Meursault, Les Petits Charrons, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2011
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13.0% Alcohol
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2011 Meursault, La Goutte d'Or, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2011
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12.5% Alcohol
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2006 Meursault, La Sève du Clos, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2006
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13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Volnay, Les Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2015
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12.5% Alcohol
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2009 Volnay, Santenots, 1er Cru Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2009
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13.0% Alcohol
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2009 Meursault, La Goutte d'Or, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2009
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13.0% Alcohol
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2013 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2013
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2013 Meursault, Les Petits Charrons, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2013
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Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2015 Meursault, Clos des Ambres, Domaine Arnaud Ente
White
2015
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13.0% Alcohol
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2015 Meursault, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2015
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12.5% Alcohol
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2017 Volnay, Les Santenots-du-Milieu, 1er Cru, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
Red
2017
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12.5% Alcohol
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2017 Meursault, Clos des Ambres, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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2017 Meursault, Les Petits Charrons, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2017 Meursault, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2017 Meursault, La Sève du Clos, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2017
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Medium Bodied
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12.5% Alcohol
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2010 Volnay, Santenots, 1er Cru Domaine Arnaud Ente
Red
2010
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Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2010 Meursault, Domaine Arnaud Ente, Burgundy
White
2010
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Dry
12.0% Alcohol
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