‘The 2014 wines are completely classic.’
Laurent Tribut’s wines are still hidden treasures in the fast moving world of wine, though word is spreading fast. Having married into the famed Chablis family of Dauvissat, comparisons are often made. However, Tribut’s wines stand in no shadow, they are unique expressions of their sites with a scintillating purity that both excites and unnerves!
Tribut’s wines are exceptional and electric, but relatively unknown due to their scarcity as the domaine is so small. The fact that they have no Grand Cru holdings may explain the absence of media exposure and for now, what are relatively humble prices.
Currently Tribut has vineyards at Village level and two Premier Crus: Beauroy and Côte du Léchet. No sprays are used in the vineyard, rather organic philosophies are preferred. In the cellar, old oak is employed for élevage, adding a welcome curve to these chiseled and mineral driven wines. Their penetrating depth and density bodes well for long lives ahead!
Vintage 2014 started off cool, but by mid-August had warmed up, creating a lovely ripening period with few challenges. The wines are brisk with pulsating lines of acidity and mineral. Their cores, while reticent in youth have great potential to unfurl and build over time. In short, 2014 is a beautiful, classical vintage that needs time in the cellar.
The exceptional quality of the wines of Tribut still manage to remain under the radar and provide very good value. You’ll be well rewarded by giving them time in the cellar to coax their true personalities, with honeyed, waxy tones developing depth and richness.
We have received a small yet healthy allocation of the 2014 vintage. Please let us know your wish list and we’ll do our best to fill it.
Please note offer prices below are best net, no further discounts apply
2014 Chablis AC
‘…note of oyster shell austerity. Rich but penetrating, showing excellent density and precision. A very sappy, fresh village wine with excellent balance and a grapefruity, stony finish.’ Steven Tanzer August 2015, vinousmedia.com
2014 Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy
‘…brisk and pure but youthfully austere, with flavours of lemon, stone and menthol revealing limited nuance in the early going. …Smoother than the Côte de Léchet but less expressive today. Finishes with strong lemony tang.’ Steven Tanzer August 2015, vinousmedia.com
2014 Chablis Premier Cru Côte du Léchet
‘Crushed stone, oyster shell and lime…sweet and thick but energetic too, conveying a light tough to the sappy flavors of grapefruit, crushed rock and minerals. Finishes brisk and strong.’ Steven Tanzer August 2015, vinousmedia.com
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