2013 Domaine Laurent Tribut
Aromas of chalk, sliced lemons and green apples. Fennel and hints of hay, too. Beautiful, slightly waxy texture with a medium body and sparkly acidity. Oyster-shell undertones. So easy to drink. Rating: 92-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2017)
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(Tribut bottled his 2013s in April of 2015): Ripe apricot, orange and pineapple on the nose. A fat, sweet fruit bomb in the mouth, conveying an impression of soft acidity but avoiding coming off as warm or bitter on the end. An excellent example of very ripe Chablis: not necessarily for purists but with enough tension to give it life. Drinking range: 2015 - 2020 Rating: 89-89 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Aug 2015)
I like the purity of the expressive nose as it’s ripe but not exotic with yellow orchard fruit and soft iodine nuances. There is a lush and seductive mouth feel to the very rounded middle weight flavors that terminate in a suave yet refreshing finish. A solid villages that should drink well young. 2016+ Rating: 87-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2015)
The 2013 Chablis has a strict, stony bouquet, the palate possesses a core of orange and tangerine, and the finish is slightly peppery. This should be better than the 2012 after release, but I feel it may deserve another few months in bottle to allow it time to settle. Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Aug 2014)
Domaine Laurent Tribut
Laurent Tribut is married to Vincent Dauvissat's sister, Marie Clotilde. When he started he made his wines in the Dauvissat cellar in Chablis, but now this small family-run domaine is based in Poinchy just outside the city limits of Chablis. You could not hope to meet a more charming and mild-mannered man as Laurent. He is a quiet genius, making some of the purest and most wonderful wines in the appellation. With just 6 hectares the quantities are small - but the quality of all his cuvées is extraordinary. Pure, powerfully driven, classically shaped there is more than a passing similarity to the wines of his brother-in-law the head-line grabbing Vincent Dauvissat. Buyers will enjoy these super wines with some time in bottle too - they have a great ability to age and patience will pay off, we recently tasted the 1er Cru Cote de Lechet 2004 with Laurent in his cellar and it was bright, young and full of vigour - more than ten years on. This is brilliant, classic Chablis made by a quiet maestro.
Chablis, the very archetype of dry white wine. Whether accompanying something from the deep, or a light lunch, or enjoyed elegantly with friends, the crisp minerality of a Chablis is hard to beat. And, of course, it is ideal aperitif served nicely chilled before a good dinner.
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