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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The 2018 Chablis Beauroy 1er Cru bides its time on the nose, eventually, almost reluctantly offering oyster shell and light mandarin aromas, and a touch of melted candle wax in the background. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. Cohesive and quite saline in the mouth, it is not the most complex Beauroy I have tasted from Tribut, but it possesses fine length. Drink over the next 6–8 years. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Sep 2020)
(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. Laurent has now officially retired and has now handed over to three of their four children (Solange, Adeline and Gabriel), with Solange taking the lead in the winery. With Laurent’s guidance the future here looks very bright.
With just 6 hectares the quantities are small - but the quality of all the 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, and in 2020 the 2000 Beauroy was still in it’s prime. This is brilliant, classic Chablis.
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