Domaine Laurent Tribut
When Laurent Tribut married Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat, the daughter of Ren? Dauvissat, he joined the family ?s wine- making tradition. Long ago the Dauvissat ?s had purchased excellent A.O.C. Chablis vineyards adjoining their own premier cru , to give their children the opportunity to become viticulturalists.Laurent, Marie-Clotilde, and their children live only a few miles from Ren? Dauvissat, in a large, restored farmhouse, with vineyards behind the property. Laurent is a good-natured man whose love of the vineyards is expressed in careful viticulture, using the minimum application of fertilizers and phytosanitary treatments.In addition to 7.907 acres of A.O.C. Chablis, which is a superb parcel of kimmeridjian soil adjacent to Dauvissat ?s own vineyards, Tribut owns the following premier cru vineyards:Chablis Beauroy 2.471 acresChablis Montmains 0.494 acresChablis C?te de L?chet 1.235 acresYields are kept to 50 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest is done by hand.For years, Laurent Tribut ?s wines were actually made in the Dauvissat cellars, in the same manner and spirit as the now legendary Dauvissat wines. Recently, however, Laurent moved his cellar to the town of Poinchy, just outside the town of Chablis. He carried with him the traditional Dauvissat styles of hand-harvesting and fermentation. The fermentation is in cuves, a percentage is aged in wood, fining five or six weeks before bottling, light filtration at the time of bottling.
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