Domaine Laurent Tribut, Chablis 2018
This is the real deal. Outstanding producer, still miraculously flying somewhat under the radar. Chiselled and saline Chablis.
Textbook Chablis, full of brine, oyster shell and tingly acidity. Serious citrus and white floral character allied with a lovely light roundness to the palate. Just about reaching maturity now, this will continue to age for many a year to come.
Producer: Domaine Laurent Tribut
Region/Country: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Production Method: Minimal intervention farming. Part stainless steel part oak for fermentation, and the same for maturation.
Style: Dry, crisp and distinctly mineral with incredible purity and drive.
Pairing Suggestion: Salads, seafood dishes
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particularly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Domaine Laurent Tribut
The connection between Domaine Tribut and Domaine Dauvissat is abundantly clear in the quality of the wines produced here. Viticulture follows lutte raisonnée practices and winemaking practices are very traditional. Oak is used, for both fermentation and maturation. The wines are of extremely high quality at this Domaine, full of classic nerve and drive that is too often missing in modern Chablis. They age admirably too.