Pale lemon. A leaner stricter nose after the comparative opulence of Sécher. Then gorgeous ripe lemon zest, flavours, which fill the mouth then refine to a clean pure long finish. Deep limestone marls here retained enough humidity. Very long, very classic, great wine. 95 Points – Jasper Morris
The 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is one of the more expressive wines in the range at this early stage, wafting from the glass with notes of lime zest, crisp stone fruit, freshly baked bread and subtle hints of nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and precise, it’s a lively, penetrating wine that will offer a broad drinking window. The Vaillons comes from holdings where the soils are deeper than in Séchet, and that shows in greater textural plentitude. 93 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
When Laurent Tribut married Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat he joined one of Chablis’ most famous winemaking families. René Dauvissat, Marie’s father, gave the couple parcels of excellent sited Chablis AC and 1er Cru to establish Domaine Tribut (Dauvissat).
The small Domaine now has 7 hectares of vineyards. The Chablis AC is predominantly situated on Kimmeridgian soils adjacent to the Dauvissat vineyards. Laurent, a humble and good-natured vigneron, prefers the vineyards to be farmed as naturally as possible with a minimum of treatments and organic philosophies. Harvesting is always done by hand.
In the early days Laurent made his wines at his in-laws, the Dauvissat cellars, so naturally his own wines have been strongly influenced by these legendary examples. The wines are fermented exclusively en cuve (in tank) and racked into barrel for aging. Laurent typically only buys new oak if he needs to replace old barrels, some of which are 50 years old. With his retirement in 2019 Laurent’s children Solange, Adeline and Gabriel have now taken the helm, each specialising in different aspects of the business.
The Tribut Chablis’ share many stylistic similarities with their famous relatives. The wines offer immediate appeal with a rich texture and lovely lemony fruit notes, white spice and vibrant underlying minerality; yet are deeply concentrated with dense though not heavy structures, that age and develop into very complex wines. Compared to Dauvissat they have a little extra generosity, especially when young. In a lot of ways, they share more in common with the classic White Burgundy appellations of the Côte de Beaune than Chablis. Old bottles never disappoint.
The international press and Burgundy-philes are starting to wake up to this important producer despite the absence of Grand Cru in the range. Many believe their Premier Crus to be better than the average quality level of Grand Crus anyway.
A delight to just smell, let alone drink, the stony Denton soils shine through scents of ripe citrus fruits and white flowers. Texturally too, it is simply gorgeous, with compact, chalky weight aligned to lithe acidity, a whisper of grip and pent-up energy. Poised, driven and sustained, it’s Yarra Valley Chardonnay at the peak of […]Add to cart Producer: Lambert Wines
Every wine from Hochkirch sits on a plane of extraordinary quality and great value. Beyond the tension, detail and sensual complexity, is a texturally beautiful, intricate and woven wine, all the threads coming together yet somehow separate. The 2022 Tarrington Vineyards Chardonnay is perfection and I defy anyone who says they don’t like Chardonnay not […]Add to cart Producer: Hochkirch
Hughes and Hughes’ 2022 Chardonnay exhibits white stone fruit, overlaying citrus and gentle reduction and oak aromas. Racy acidity balanced by rich textures – classic, nicely complex Chardonnay. Waters Wine Co Fruit from vineyards in the Coal River and Derwent Valleys. 80% whole bunch pressed, 20% cold-soaked on skins for five days, all naturally […]Add to cart Producer: Hughes & Hughes
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Diam. Certified organic. Much like the rest of Burgundy, Chablis’ finest vineyards have (for better or worse) become synonymous with a symbolic grower. This is the case with the Côte de Léchet, in Milly, and Domaine Bernard Defaix. The domaine is the largest holder within this 1er Cru and its cellars sit at the base […]Read more Producer: Bernard Defaix