Laurent Tribut – 2015


Tasted in Poinchy with Laurent Tribut, 05 January 2017.

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

I love visiting, the always succinct, Laurent Tribut. Ask him almost any question and the responses are short, or ‘you are the journalist, what do you think?‘ yet his smiling, quiet self massively underplays what great wines he produces. Fortunately I was able to extract a few words about his vintages:

Laurent on 2016:
I did okay. I managed 45 hl/ha vs 40 in 2015. There was a little frost in Beauroy and Côte de Lechet. For the mildew we were well prepared, my three children work with me and I told them that it was important not to wait, one day later would have been too late vs the mildew.

Laurent on 2015:
In 2015 we did a little less – there were fewer grapes and they were smaller grapes. We have 4 hectares in Forets which had hail. I decided to wait for the berries to fall rather than directly harvesting. I’m happy with the decision I think!

The wines…

As always, wines to search for…

2015 Chablis
All the different parcels of the domaine assembled, some from above Beauroy, but mainly from near Forets.
Deep, cushioned, very faintly appley. Hmm. This is beautiful in the mouth, cool but alive, faintly mineral and deep, yum!

2015 Chablis 1er Cote de Léchets
A silky nose, wide and attractive, a little more muscle, fresh, intense, really a base of mineral intensity, a wave to ride into the finish. Just lovely mouth-watering flavour. Super
2014 Chablis 1er Les Beauroy
‘Similar terroir but a bit more argilles blanches. Otherwise its the same exposure, 400 metres as the crow flies.’
Here the nose is less open, though more though mineral at the base. Hmm – even better, really mouth-watering, melting flavour here, a lovely weight of fresh finishing flavour too – love!

Something blind. I ask if Laurent has something in mind, texture-wise that reminds him of 2015. His choice is inspired – but also a surprise:

Ooh, that’s a deep, almost smoky, leafy nose – slowly a more ripe core of fruit coming to the surface. Hmm, this has super texture, a more wide and mineral base than the previous wines. A fine and still young with a bright peak of finishing flavour. It is Montmains 2007 which Laurent notes was tight, indeed closed when young, but is now starting to open out. Really from a texture perspective, this is a dead-ringer for the previous wines, despite what you may have read about the vintage.

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