2015 Domaine Laurent Tribut
Tasted from barrel this is still a little all over the place - but all the bits you would hope to find are here in spades. A slightly intense, savoury nose is followed by zinging apple crunch and lively 'Granny Smith zing, The finish is more steady - touch of honey and more together. Intriguing, will develop well but needs a moment to resolve. L&S (Nov 2016)
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Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2018)
A fresh, cool and pure nose is composed by notes of pear, apple and citrus before giving way to delicious, round and relatively opulent flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the acceptably complex and persistent finale. This should drink well on the young side. 2018+ Rating: 86-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2017)
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 classical wines in the appellation. This year it was great to get to know 3 (Solange, Adeline and Gabriel) of Laurent's 4 children who all now work with him. and with his guidance the future here looks very bright. 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 - nearly 15 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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