Château Corbin, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2013
Château Corbin is 13ha, located in the northwest St-Emilion on the Corbin plateau, close to the Pomerol border and planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Since 1924, Château Corbin has been in the hands of the same family. Passed down from generation to generation by female heirs, it is today the property of Anabelle Cruse (a trained oenologist), the fourth generation; she has managed the estate since 1999 and became owner (bought out the rest of the family) in 2006. A Grand Cru Classé estate since the inaugural ranking of 1954.
The terroir is made up of two types of soil ancient sands surrounding the château over an iron-rich clay subsoil, which give the wine its delicacy and finesse and clay on the Pomerol side of the estate, which brings the wine its richness. Average age of vine is 30 years. Vinification is in concrete vats before being transferred to oak barrels for 17-19 months, depending what the vintage requires.
Decanter 87 points: Soft red fruits and the entire structure is open, with well integrated tannins. There is no doubt this will be best enjoyed while the fruit is in the foreground. 2013 was one of those difficult years when severe selection was essential. However even with low yields (28hl/h), plus only 68% given to grand vin production and no second wine (the rest was sold en vrac), this lacks the rich precision of the château’s other vintages. Drinking Window 2018 – 2023
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