2018 1er Cru Beauroy Domaine Laurent Tribut
Immediate hit of joy here. From the glass - fresh citrus notes rose and on the palate the fun continues. Mineral seashore wafts float above the firm citrus core - delicious. Super feel and classic lines.Well done! Texture is bang on. No iodine, no seashells, but bright, clean and with nice fruit weight. V smart Chablis. L&S (Nov 2019)
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(from a 1.8 ha parcel that is divided roughly 50/50 between Beauroy proper and Côte de Troëmes). As is often the case with this wine there is a touch of exotic fruit in the form of white peach, apricot and melon nuances on the petrol-infused nose. The caressing and quite rounded medium-bodied flavors also possess a refreshing salinity on the solidly persistent and complex finale. I usually prefer the Côte de Léchet to the Beauroy but in 2018 it would appear that the latter has a small edge though we will of course see in time if it holds up. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
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. You could not hope to meet a more charming and mild-mannered man than Laurent. He is a quiet genius, making some of the purest and most classical wines in the appellation.
Three (Solange, Adeline and Gabriel) of Laurent's four children 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 long-lived 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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