From a superior vineyard (1er Cru) this wine shows complex notes of mandarin, green apple, fresh bread and oyster shell. On the palate it has great concentration with a refreshing saline finish. Great with all fish and white meats like chicken, pork and veal.
Chardonnay is undoubtedly the most famous white grape in the world. When it is grown in the right conditions (similar to those found in Burgundy) it has the ability to produce the most exquisitely textured wines in the world. Chardonnay is a neutral grape variety, so it is usually oaked. However in the Chablis region the unique soil imbues the wines with a flinty, creamy character with notes of apple and citrus without the need for oak.
Laurent Tribut is married to superstar winemaker Vincent Dauvissat’s sister, Marie Clotilde. When he started he made his wines in the Dauvissat cellar in Chablis, but now this small family-run domaine is based in Poinchy. Laurent has now officially retired and has now handed over to three of their four children (Solange, Adeline and Gabriel), with Solange taking the lead in the winery. With just 6 hectares the quantities are small – but the quality of all the cuvées is extraordinary. Pure, powerfully driven, classically shaped there is more than a passing similarity to the wines of his brother-in-law Vincent Dauvissat.
The Chablis region is in between Champagne to the north and Burgundy to the south. It produces only white wines from the Chardonnay grape, but unlike most Chardonnays little or no oak is used. This means the wines are fruity and crisp with characteristic flinty streak.
With high acidity, creamy texture and restrained fruit flavours this style is one of the most versatile food wines working beautifully with shellfish, fish, pork, chicken and creamy cheeses. It is also a great choice with Chinese dishes. There isn’t really much that Chablis won’t work with – red meat aside!