Château Corbin Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2015

94 Wine Enthusiast | 93 Jeb Dunnuck | 92 Wine Advocate

This classic right bank wine is from one of the oldest Estates in Saint Emilion, with part dating back to the 15th century. Since 1924, Château Corbin has been in the hands of the same family. Passed down from generation to generation by female heirs, it is today the property of Anabelle Cruse, the fourth generation, and her husband Sébastien Bardinet.

Deep ruby hue, with an aromatic nose of dark cherry, earth, a hint of oak and vanilla, and spice box. On the palate it is plush and delicious, with ample dark fruit, silky ripe tannins, and a lovely mouthfeel from start to finish. Delicious now, especially with an hour or so in a decanter, it will also drink great for a decade at least.


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Country: France

Region: Bordeaux, Saint Emilion

Varieties: 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc

Terroir: Sand and clay with iron deposit

Winemaking: aged for 18 months in barrels, 40% new

The property is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with the vineyards located in the heart of Saint Emilion plateau, very close to Pomerol, and it counts Chateau Cheval Blanc and La Dominique as its neighbors. The vineyard is in one single parcel with a slight slope close to the Chateau. They also have a small parcel across the small road, close to Grand Corbin Despagne.

The terroir features sand and clay with iron deposits in the soils and gentle slopes. You can basically divide the vineyard into two parts with one section featuring more clay in one section, while the other section has more sand and gravel. The wines are on average aged for 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels before bottling.

92 Wine Advocate – “A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in barrels, 40% new, the 2015 Corbin is medium garnet-purple colored with cigar box and spice box notions accenting the core of red and black plums, blackberry preserves and earthy layers plus a hint of lavender. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, elegant and well balanced with grainy tannins, finishing lively and long.”


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