Domaine Laurent Tribut
1er Cru White barrel
Tasted: Oct 10, 2019
Note: from a 1.8 ha parcel that is divided roughly 50/50 between Beauroy proper and Côte de Troëmes
Producer note: As I reported last year, the big news here is that Laurent Tribut, who is the brother-in-law of Vincent Dauvissat (see above), has elected to retire and leave this 5.2 ha domaine in the hands of his three children, Solange, Adéline and Gabriel. The winemaking will be done by Solange, who has been working with her father for several years now (see Domaine Solange Tribut immediately below). For the moment it appears that Solange will handle the cellar duties, Gabriel the heavy vineyard work (tractor related tasks), Adéline the administrative side and all three of them the lighter vineyard work (pruning, etc.) Tribut noted that the 2017s were bottled in April 2019. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, both UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
Tasting note: As is often the case with this wine there is a touch of exotic fruit in the form of white peach, apricot and melon nuances on the petrol-infused nose. The caressing and quite rounded medium-bodied flavors also possess a refreshing salinity on the solidly persistent and complex finale. I usually prefer the Côte de Léchet to the Beauroy but in 2018 it would appear that the latter has a small edge though we will of course see in time if it holds up.