The Rarest Tribut, 0.23HA:
2018 Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

Posted by Ian McFadden

Tribut's Montmains is one of those legendary bottles that's nearly impossible to find in quantity.

After constantly searching for the wine, I was able to snag a decent sized parcel and quietly offered it out right after the new year. I'm happy to have another opportunity to offer the wine today. 

photo of bottle of label for Tribut Montmains

The importance of the Montmains goes far beyond mere rarity. Tribut's section in Montmains is situated in Forêt. Out of the lineup, the Montmains stands out for its finesse and deeply etched precision. 

The 2018s at Tribut are powerful and textured, but also profoundly oceanic with detailed finishes. The wines somehow manage to be simultaneously concentrated and taut. 

The Montmains is outrageously refined and focused with a saline and crushed rock minerality. Burghound captures the wine well when he writes that there is "a beguiling texture to the punchy, rich and focused flavors". It's a dazzling expression of Chablis. 

I buy Tribut at every opportunity and still, finding Montmains in quantity is nearly unheard of. I expect this to sell out quickly. Tribut has a strong following and when they see Montmains, they don't hesitate to buy deep. 

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Burghound: "There is good layering to the lightly smoky nose of white pepper, mineral reduction, white flower and quinine aromas. Once again there is a beguiling texture to the punchy, rich and focused flavors that display both fine complexity and length on the balanced and bone-dry finale. This lovely effort should amply repay mid-term cellaring."