Dominik Mueller

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2020 Benoît Ente Antichtone

Tasting note

2020 Benoît Ente Bourgogne-Aligoté Antichtone

While in Busan, South Korea, we discovered this pretty wine bar @winevin_ at Gwangalli Beach. There, you’ll find a carefully crafted wine menu that goes beyond what you typically find in most bars in Korea. The focus seems to be on burgundy and champagne. Even though we picked a bottle of wine ourselves today, they offer an “Omakase” style wine course where they will suggest several wines for you.

Tasted at a wine bar, so didn’t take detailed notes. In the nose, light spices and citrus fruits. This continues on the palate with a fresh acidity of lemons, paired with nuts and a stony minerality. This doesn’t have the complexity of a burgundian Chardonnay from a good appellation, but it is a very enjoyable wine that felt perhaps like a “mini” Chardonnay. Somewhat lighter on the earthy elements and not as deep, but still mirroring all of the characteristics of white burgundy. If anything, it reassured me to add more Aligoté to our cellar!

Drink from 2023 through 2026.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 2 April 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
90At this point, we are on the threshold from an above-average wine to an exceptionally good wine. Wines with a DM90 rating are wines that already give us pause. They are obviously very well made, obviously have no faults and, moreover, offer something that makes them stand out. From here on, there is a certain complexity that we can and must engage with. Wines with this rating and above are an enrichment for virtually every wine cellar. In WSET terms, wines with a DM90 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.5 WSET score, just shy of 3.0.
/ 100
WSET:
2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2020
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Aligoté
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Benoît Ente
Country:France
Region:Burgundy
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:Bourgogne Aligoté AOC
Vineyard:n/a
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