CHABLIS

2017 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Laurent Tribut

EN PRIMEUR

After tasting the Beauroy this is a total shift in gear. Immediately brighter, tighter with a pow of clean minerality. The fruit is intense and tight for now but loaded with lovely lemon skin and some pert grapefruit bite. Much more on the citrus line here in the middle, but then the saltiness and clean dusty textured minerality kicks in. Pure, precise and very sleek. A wow wine this year. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030L&S(Oct 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 12)

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(from a .8 ha parcel). The hallmark citrus nuances of a fine Côte de Léchet are present in force on the white flower, tidal pool and spiced apple scents. There is outstanding complexity to the impressively intense and tension-filled flavors that brim with minerality on the very dry, clean and focused finale. This beauty should age to excellent effect yet could likely be enjoyed after only a few years. 2024+ Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)

Pure limestone here. This is very taut, fine, flinty and minerally with restrained lemons and lime, delivering very elegant long flavorsome fruits on the palate. Scintillating acidity, length and precision. Long and supple grapefruit. Try from 2020. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Aug 2018)

The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet is a bright, elegant wine, unfurling in the glass with notes of ripe lemon, spring flowers and salty oystershells. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and tangy, with good depth and tension at the core, concluding with a bright, tensile finish. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2018)

The 2017 Chablis Côte de Léchet 1er Cru has a generous bouquet with scents of orange rind, earth and light flinty notes. It is a little introspective at the moment. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, taut and linear with a saline undertow that surfaces on the vivacious finish. Just a great Côte de Léchet. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Aug 2018)

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. 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 three (Solange, Adeline and Gabriel) of Laurent's four children who all now work with him. 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 Côte de Léchet 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.

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