2016 Domaine Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy"

SKU #1352771 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis 1Er Cru Beauroy has a fragrant bouquet of white and yellow flowers that marry with the white citrus fruit to sublime effect. The simplicity of this bouquet is its strength. The palate is fresh and balanced with just a touch of fatness on the entry. Orange rind and hints of bitter lemon segue into a judiciously-spiced finish, with nutmeg popping up on the aftertaste.(NM)  (8/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bright yellow with a green edge. Citrus fruits, menthol and powdered stone on the nose; this shares a calcaire influence and the same exposure as the Côte de Léchet but there's also a white clay influence here. Not particularly high in acidity but juicy, tight and high-pitched, with a racy metallic minerality and a rather austere powdered stone quality. Again, a classic style in the context of the vintage.(ST)  (8/2017)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too is exhibiting too much sulfur to reasonably evaluate the nose though the underlying fruit does seem ripe. The medium weight flavors are richer and more concentrated still though without either the same degree of minerality or refinement, all wrapped in a generously proportioned finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth.  (11/2017)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.