2018 1er Cru Côte de Léchet Domaine Laurent Tribut
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Pretty nose, just generous enough. Enticing. Lovely lemony brightness up front on the palate. Good grip and mineral hold. again so classical. This is clever there is more limestone in the soil here than their Beauroy plot - and it is clear on the palate. Having just tasted Beauroy - this is even more focused, more pure lines and that suedey, grippy texture. Nice energy though - fresh acidity pushes to the finish. L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Chablis Côte de Léchet 1er Cru has a clean, fresh nose with touches of menthol and pine needles joining the citrus aromas, though it is never what you would call intense. The palate is the finest of Tribut’s 2018s, quite spicy with a dash of white pepper, fresh and slightly minty, especially toward the finish. It is not a long-term Côte de Léchet like the 2014 or 2017, but it is a well-crafted, enticing expression of this vineyard. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Sep 2020)
(from a .8 ha parcel). The hallmark citrus nuances are present on the white-fleshed fruit, quinine and sea breeze-inflected aromas. I very much like the intensity of the stony and delicious middle weight flavors that deliver good if not truly distinguished depth and persistence on the balanced finale. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89-91 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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