• Seamless in Chablis:   Tribut Premier Cru Beauroy & Montmains

    Seamless in Chablis: Tribut Premier Cru Beauroy & Montmains

    Laurent Tribut is the greatest traditional producer in Chablis that you are unlikely to have come across. When you take a close look at his label it might jog your memory a bit. Yes, it bears more than a little resemblance to René Dauvissat's. And, being Réne's son-in-law you'd be correct to assume their kinship extends beyond family, and into bottle.

    Today, I'm happy to offer Laurent Tribut's 2014 & 2012 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy, his 2014 1er Cru Montmains, along with special pricing on mixed 3-Packs containing one of each.

    Several of Dauvissat's parcels were handed down to his children, and from these holdings Marie-Clotilde and her husband Laurent Tribut built their own domaine. However, for many years Tribut produced his wines in Dauvissat's cellar and was afforded the luxury of closely learning from the master. His work from vines, to fermentation, to élevage mirror that of the great Réne Dauvissat.

    What can you expect in bottle? Crisp and finely-chiseled Chardonnay's with minimal oak influence. And, of course, that unmistakable Kimmeridgian limestone minerality that this former ancient sea bed in the coldest pocket of Burgundy imparts like nowhere else. Lemon and green apple notes are front-and-center, with crushed oyster shell highlighting the complex mid-palate.

    In the end, Tribut, like Dauvissat, is adored for one thing above all else: exquisite balance and a seamlessly woven, silky finish. With air, rich nutty flavors begin to emerge. 2014 and 2012 are simply spectacular vintages in Chablis. They have stuffing with high levels of extraction, yet they are marked equally for their brilliant frame of acidity. 
    Posted by Alexander Rosen