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Chateau Corbin (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck

From a 13-hectare vineyard on the border of Pomerol (it’s next to Ripeau), the 2018 Château Corbin is a Merlot-dominated blend that includes 10% Cabernet Franc and will spend 18 months in 50% new French oak. It has its foot firmly on the pedal and offers full-bore notes of kirsch, blackberries, spiced plums, graphite, and incense. Almost over the top, it nevertheless holds it together and is full-bodied, has beautiful purity, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It’s a hedonistic blockbuster. Tasted twice. Barrel Sample: 93-95.

JS 94
James Suckling

This is a very pretty Corbin with a beautiful core of dark fruit, as well as hazelnuts and dark chocolate. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish.Barrel Sample: 93-94.

WE 94
Wine Enthusiast

This is a dense wine with big tannins and spice from the new wood, melded with rich black fruits and acidity. It is a step up for this property, showing the potential of its fine terroir. Barrel Sample: 92–94.

D 94

Annabelle Corbin made no wine in 2017 because of frost so it's great to see her back, and this is easily one of the most delicious Corbins that I've tasted. It has just a little more swirl and silkiness than usual, full of black fruits with increased density, without sacrificing the elegance and freshness that I love from this property. 45hl/ha yield in 2018. 60% new oak, up from 50% in 2016. This is the first year with consultant Jean Luc Thunevin. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040. Barrel Sample: 94

RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This 13-hectare vineyard is situated northwest of the town of Saint-Émilion. The vines are an average of 30 years old and are planted to a mix of sand and clay-based soils. The wines are being aged for approximately 18 months in oak barrels, 50% new. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and it has 15% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Corbin opens with seductive notions of warm plums, Christmas cake and blueberry compote with fragrant earth, yeast extract and cedary undertones. Full, rich and spicy in mouth, it has a solid backbone of ripe, plush tannins and a long, earthy finish. Barell Sample: 91-93+
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Chateau Corbin

Chateau Corbin

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Chateau Corbin, France
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Chateau Corbin is one of the oldest estates in Saint-Emilion. The foundations of the Chateau date back to the 15th century, and according to legend, Corbin was the focal point of a stronghold that belonged to the Black Prince.

Built in the middle of the 19th century, Corbin was purchased in 1924 by the great-grandparents of the current owners.

Since 1999, the estate is managed by Anabelle Cruse-Bardinet, a Bordeaux University enology graduate, who represents the 4th generation of the family.

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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