Similarities can be drawn between Laurent’s wines and those made by his brother-in-law, Vincent Dauvissat (the wines used to be made in the same cellars) – in that they are archetypal Chablis – classic, tensile, age beautifully and are utterly brilliant.
There is just a tiny range of holdings and no grands crus and quite possibly the smallest cellar we have ever encountered, though the wines are exquisite; pure and precise, brimming with energy and nervosité.
Laurent officially retired in 2018 and the running of the domaine is now in the very capable hands of 3 of 4 of his children: Solange, Adeline & Gabriel.
“Tribut’s wines typically convey a noble rusticity and they have been better than ever in recent ripe vintages. They’re worth a search for fans of le vrai Chablis.”Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2017
Chablis 1er cru Côte de Lechet:
“Notes of white flowers, apples, oyster shells and wet stones preface the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and impressively incisive wine in this warm vintage, with plenty of chalky extract and a mineral finish. At this early stage, the Côte de Léchet looks to be one of the premier cru highlights of the vintage.” 91-93 pts.William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, August 2019
|Wine||Blend||Vine age||Soil type||Vineyard area|
|Chablis 1er cru Beauroy||Chardonnay||1972 & 1988||Fossil rich limestone & white clay||1.08ha|
|Chablis 1er cru Côte de Lechet||Chardonnay||Planted in 1970s & 1992||Limestone||0.80ha|
|Chablis 1er cru Montmains||Chardonnay||1964||Deep limestone soils||0.20ha|
Viticulture & Vinification
- Hand harvesting
- Low yields, never exceeding 50hl/ha
- Wild yeast fermentation
- Grapes fermented in temperature-controlled enamel tanks
- Élevage in old pièces
- Barrels a mixture of Allier, Vosges & Chatillons
- No bâttonage
- Wine transferred to stainless steel vats 6 months before bottling