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Laurent Tribut – 2014

DSC09206Tasted in Poinchy with Laurent Tribut, 26 January 2016.

Domaine Laurent Tribut
15, rue de Poinchy
89800 Chablis
Tel: +33 3 86 41 46 22

Laurent Tribut originally comes from Epineuil, his uncle had one hectare of vines there. Following his marriage to Marie-Clothilde Dauvissat, sister of Vincent Dauvissat, he had a ready-made domaine, but quite a reference point too! “It’s not an old domaine,” says Laurent, “I worked with René Dauvissat and then married his daughter.” Indeed his wines were in Vincent Dauvissat’s cellars until he moved to his current home in Poinchy, in 1994.

Laurent has just a lovely old cellar for the produce of his 4 hectares of vines, the wine snugly packed into old, 228 litre barrels. What a lovely, reserved, gentleman he is, and as a bonus with lovely, lovely wines too!

Laurent is succinct; “It was a good harvest in 2014, more than in 2015.”

The wines…

Wines to search out. Super…

2014 Chablis
Did a small bottling in September but the rest waits in, and here tasted from, barrel.
A roundness and faint sweetness of aroma. Also in the mouth, this is layered delivery of flavour, getting wider and wider, lovely waves of flavour of modest energy but it’s delicious!

2014 Chablis 1er Cote de Léchets
A pretty aromatic sweetness. Wider, more dimension and precision, indeed clarity. Again subtle waves of intense flavour – really tasty… And really long too…

2014 Chablis 1er Les Beauroy
‘Similar terroir but a bit more argilles blanches. Otherwise its the same exposure, 400 metres as the crow flies.’
More high toned, a little vibrant and mineral. Supple, again layered, holds a bright core of intensity – like a candle on a dark night… Super!
2014 Chablis 1er Montmains
‘Actually its Forêts but didn’t want confusion with the similar label of Vincent Dauvissat.
Wide, mineral. Here is gorgeousness.. Fresh, bright, pure flavour, flowing flavour, just a really great wine, long too. Excellent…

Something blind:

There is age here. Depth, a little sous bois, a little oxidation. Ooh this is is direct, mineral, high acid Possibly ’96? or older. A growing old wine creaminess in the mid-palate, yes, Forêts 96 – I nailed it – so definitely time for me to stop guessing!

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