2011 Grand Cru Saint Emilion Château Grand Corbin-Despagne

Grapes Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru

70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 5-% new barrels, 50% one and two year old. Organic since 2010. Quite 'plain', its all in order and correct but does not jump out, rather a tannic finish drying on sweet oak. Rating: 87 L&S (Apr 2012)

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Pungent floral and peppery nuances and red berry aromas. Quite smooth on the palate, with tannins and acidity balanced. Drinking range: 2015 - 2020 Rating: 85+ Decanter Magazine (Oct 2014)

Made in a typical masculine, virile style with lots of earth, tannin and power, the 2011 Grand-Corbin-Despagne reveals sweet black currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with hints of incense and crushed rocks. This medium to full-bodied, tannic, backward St.-Emilion will need 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15 or more years. 2014 - 2029 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Apr 2012)

The nose demonstrated fine delineation and focus with crisp blackberry and cassis fruit, the oak in synch with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, silky entry and much more cohesion and harmony than I expected. This could be a little gem in 2011. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, (Apr 2012)

Château Grand Corbin-Despagne

Unusual in Bordeaux is to find the family that gave an estate its name – or, in this case, part of its name – still in situ but, at Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, François Despagne is the latest in a line of Despagnes going back to Louis Despagne who purchased some vines here in 1812. The Corbin estate had been, in antiquity, a vast estate to rival neighbouring Château Figeac and counted the Black Prince amongst its owners, but was divided and sub-divided over the years such that several estates have Corbin in their name. The Despagne family gradually accumulated more vineyard and, by 1852, it had reached its current 26ha. The vineyards are in the north-west corner of the St Emilion appellation, some distance from most of the famous châteaux, but near to Château Cheval Blanc. They are planted to 75% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc with the remaining 1% being small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The vineyards are in the process of conversion to organic viticulture.

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