2012 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
I tasted this twice, and on neither occsasion was it one of my stand-out favourites, as it has been in some recent vintages. Showing oak rather stongly, it has a glossy look and a supple mid-palate with dark fruit and a touch of fruitcakey overripeness. Round and plummy, I think it will get there. Rating: 89-91 L&S (Apr 2013)
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Proprietress Annabelle Cruse-Bardinet oversees the winemaking at this excellent estate on the Pomerol-St.-Emilion border. Ruby/purple in color and nearly opaque, the wine has concentrated notes of crème de cassis, black cherry and licorice as well as a hint of truffle. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and pure, this is an impressive, outstanding St.-Emilion to drink young or over the next 10-12 years. Her final blend in 2012 was 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Drinking range: 2015 - 2027 Rating: 90-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2015)
Anabelle Cruse-Bardinet’s vineyards aren’t the best in St Emilion, but you wouldn’t know it in 2012, because this is a dense, aromatic, oaky red with very good concentration, notes of liquorice and orange peel, bags of plummy fruit and a stylish, sumptuous texture. A château on the way up. Drink: 2020-28 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2013)
Light, with a savory thread weaving through the damson plum and pomegranate notes. The plum skin and cherry pit notes leave a slightly austere feel on the finish Rating: 86-89 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2013)
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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