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In the 2006 revision of the Saint Emilion classification, the Château was raised to the highest rank of Grand Cru Classé (this description was ratified on 12 November 2007 by the State Council). In many respects, Grand Corbin-Despagne constitutes one of Saint Emilion's best value wines, recognised by top wine critics and wine enthusiasts, who are well aware of its potential.
Robert Parker even recommended it as a sound investment! It should be said that François Corbin spares no effort and has worked tirelessly to make Grand Corbin-Despagne one of Saint Emilion's finest wines. And so it is that nearly 150 years after its creation, Château Grand Corbin-Despagne has become a flagship wine for the appellation, a rising star, which is still available at very reasonable prices. Composed mainly of Merlot, this wine is round, flamboyant and very smooth. It ages gracefully and develops truffle aromas.
The 2015 vintage was marked by exceptional conditions in the vineyards to offer a bright future for Château Grand Corbin. The Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines, which make up the Grand Corbin Chateau 2015 blend, were able to enjoy a hot, dry summer softened with cool nights.
These conditions were perfect to help the grapes reach their perfect ripeness.
In its youth, this wine expresses all the elegance of a great seducer with its fresh, crisp red fruit and blackcurrant notes. On the palate, there is a beautiful volume with red fruit notes. The long and persistent finish ends with freshness and saline notes. The firm, powerful tannins promise an excellent potential for cellaring.
"The 2015 Grand Corbin has a rich and showy bouquet with plenty of ravishing black fruit laced with spice, although I would like to see more precision. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a touch of graphite with a neat and tidy, quite harmonious and well-judged finish. It gets better as it goes along !"
Culinary Recommendation: To serve at 17 C. Good match with Red meats, game.
90 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
90 Wine Spectator
89-91 Robert Parker Wine Advocate
17/20 Bettane et Desseauve
15.5/20 J. Robinson