|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
Dark, sweet, supple and unforced. Creamily rich cassis fruit in a similarly harmonious style to last year. Just a touch of drying tannin on the finish - not the concentration of the top wines but a really good effort and likely to be good value. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2012)
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The 2011 is a strong effort from Corbin, which seems to be making sexy, lush, fruit-forward wines with enormous appeal. The natural alcohol came in at 13.8% and the final blend was 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by copious aromas of cassis, blueberries, raspberries, white chocolate and forest floor. Atypically deep, fleshy and fat, this 2011 is already strutting its stuff, and should continue to drink well for 10-15 years. 2012 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
Deep inky crimson. Shy on the nose. Very dry but more fluid than the Corbin-Despagne. Dry finish, pretty tough, and I don't think waiting longer will help much. 2015-2020 Rating: 15 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Fragrant Burgundian note with just a hint of green. Pleasant fruit framed by lightly grainy tannins. A competent mid-weight wine. Drink 2016-2024. Rating: 15.5 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
Château Corbin is a property with a very long history. as it was reputedly part of a stronghold of the Black Prince in the fifteenth century. The current château was built in the ninteenth century. The vineyard is small - a single plot of about 13 hectares on the edge of the Pomerol and Saint Emlilion boundary. There are two distinct soil types - sandy soil over a base of 'crasse de fer' or ferruginous clay (the soil that is famous in Pomerol) and the classic clay of the Saint Emilion plateau which give the underlying power. It is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Annabelle Cruse-Bardinet is the fourth generation of the Cruse family, who bought this ancient property in 1924. A graduate in oenology from Bordeaux University, she is no mere figurehead (even though she makes a very elegant one). With the help of consultant Jean-Philippe Fort she is making better and better wines. The 2009 was already elegantly eye-catching in what can be a rather loud parade in Saint Emilion, and the 2010 is as defined as Chanel but somehow as relaxed as a country weekend. This is control by absence of intervention, picking ripe grapes, selecting the best plots, ageing in barrel for between 16 and 18 months. The result is a wine with an unstressed, natural feel, and a frank and open balance.
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