"An outstanding village wine" - 2015 Tribut Chablis

Posted by Ian McFadden

For the Chablis obsessed, the wines of Laurent Tribut are legendary.

Year after year, Tribut's Chablis is, without a doubt, one of the best village level wines in the region.

What makes Tribut's Chablis so extraordinary for a village wine is its combination of intensity and refined mineral grip.

Laurent Tribut married Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat, the daughter of René Dauvissat. The Dauvissats had purchased choice parcels to give their children to become winemakers, which is the land Laurent and Marie-Clotilde farm. Tribut was welcomed with open arms into the Dauvissat winemaking process: the two domaines share everything from pickers to printers and, until very recently, Tribut made wines in Dauvissat's cellar.

There's an unmistakable similarity between Tribut's and Dauvissat's wines. Both share a classically structured, deeply complex Chablis minerality and intense, sweeping notes of stone fruits, and flowers.

The 2015 is simply shockingly good. It delivers a combination of detail, tension and intensity that surprises. The vintage delivered wines with plenty of ripeness, but making a wine with the tensile and finely etched quality that you see in Tribut's Chablis is special. It's these qualities that cause Vinous Media's Stephen Tanzer to call the 2015 Chablis "an outstanding village wine with a future."

For years, Tribut's wines have been an insider's secret. Tribut is a very small domaine and the tiny amount that makes it into the country is quickly snapped up by collectors and savvy sommeliers. A helpful way of looking at the size of Tribut is this: Tribut's vineyard holdings are a mere 5.2 hectare; meaning that their entire holdings practically fit within the Dauvissat La Forest vineyard.

Recently, it's clear that word has gotten out about Tribut and now, wines that are hard to find have become painfully rare. We anticipating needing to allocate. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits