91 Points: The 2018 Chablis Côte de Léchet 1er Cru has a clean, fresh nose with touches of menthol and pine needles joining the citrus aromas, though it is never what you would call intense. The palate is the finest of Tribut’s 2018s, quite spicy with a dash of white pepper, fresh and slightly minty, especially toward the finish. It is not a long-term Côte de Léchet like the 2014 or 2017, but it is a well-crafted, enticing expression of this vineyard. - Neil Martin
Tribut is a name now synonymous with exceptional quality Chablis, but it's interesting that Laurent himself didn't have a history of winemaking in his family. That is, until he met Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat. Laurent joined the Dauvissat family tradition of winemaking and worked for over a decade alongside René (now his father-in-law), learning the art of producing the finest quality Chablis. In fact, for his early vintages, Laurent's wines were made in the Dauvissat cellars in the same manner and spirit as the now legendary Dauvissat wines.
Today, Laurent produces his exceptional cuvees from his own cellar in Poinchy. But he has carried with him the traditional Dauvissat styles of hand-harvesting and fermentation. Tribut's wines are immediately appealing, crisp and lively with lovely fruit, lemony aromas, spicy apple flavors, good balance, and a silky finish. His AOC Chablis is a point of reference for the appellation, while his premier cru wines show Chardonnay with all its complexity and toasty, citrusy flavors in harmony. The wines are characterized by the their balance and minerality, with the premiers crus requiring 4-5 years of bottle ageing to show at their best.
|Product Type||Wine White Chardonnay|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|
|Vineyard Practices||Minimal Intervention|