Domaine Laurent Tribut
Similarities can be drawn between Laurent’s wines and those made by his brother-in-law, Vincent Dauvissat in that they are archetypal Chablis – classic, chiselled, age beautifully and are utterly brilliant.
Quantities are minute and there is a tiny range of holdings (just over 5ha) with no grands crus and quite possibly the smallest cellar we have ever encountered! The wines are exquisite: pure and precise, brimming with energy and nervosité.
They have tremendous ageing potential and as chez Dauvissat it is custom here for an older bottle, or two, to be opened at the end of the tasting. Over lunch in October – Vincent’s sister Marie Clotilde is an exceptional cook – we enjoyed an ‘06 Montmains and we have frequently enjoyed bottles well past their 10th birthday which remain bright, fresh and enormously complex. Mature Chablis is one of the most satisfying vinous experiences – thankfully it does not cost the earth!
Laurent officially retired in 2018 and the running of the domaine is now in the very capable hands of 3 of his children: Solange, Adeline & Gabriel. Solange, who studied in Beaune and has worked alongside her father for a number of years, is in charge at the winery – though Laurent is usually about.
Like Vincent, Laurent believes in ageing his wines in oak barrels (a tiny percentage is new) after fermentation in steel cuves. The provenance of the oak is mixed (Allier, Vosges, Chatillons) which adds complexity to these authentic wines.
The Chablis village comes from an excellent plot next to Montmains and Forest. This is a benchmark offering and everything you want from Chablis: salinity, concentration and intensity.
Beauroy comes from a 1.8 ha parcel that is half in Beauroy ‘proper’ and half in Troëmes. Beauroy is always more firmly structured with notes of citrus rind, stone fruit, spice and salt. Côte de Léchet is from a .8 ha parcel in Tribut’s home commune of Poinchy. This is a cooler site with very rocky soils and always yields a wine of great tension and energy. More high-toned and elegant than Beauroy, Côte de Lechet is characterised by its wet stone, citrus and herbal notes.
“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