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Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel History, Overview
As you can probably guess from the name, Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel was once part of the original Grand Corbin estate. Interestingly, Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel was created in 1855, the same year as the original classification, when the land was separated from the Grand Corbin vineyards.
The first owner was the Bechade family. At the time of the estate’s creation, it was known as La Grande Metairie, which was a play on words as it can be loosely translated into a large, smallholding. Eventually, the name changed to Chateau Grand Corbin.
Like many Right Bank estates, the property was sold and resold. In 1965, the estate was purchased by Pierre Manuel, who renamed the estate Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel. In 2005, the property once again changed hands when it was sold to the current owner, Stephane de Gaye.
The de Gaye family continues to manage Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel today. The de Gaye family owns two other Bordeaux chateaux, Saint-Barbe, Bordeaux Superieur and La Creation.
Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 7-hectare vineyard of Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel is planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are old, with an average age of 35 to 40 years. The terroir is sand and clay soils. The vines are planted to a density of 6,600 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel, vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 62 to 72 hectoliters. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months, depending on the vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
On average, the production is 3,500 cases per vintage. There is a second wine, Clos de la Grande Metairie. The name for the second wine is an homage to the original name for the property when it was first created, La Grande Metairie.
When to Drink Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel is best enjoyed in the first 4-14 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Grand Corbin Manuel Wine Tasting Notes
10 Vintages 29,933 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, forward, round textured and already offering fresh, sweet ripe cherries, licorice, smoke and coffee bean. You can drink this with just a few years in the cellar, or less. 89-91 Pts
2,783 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, fresh, elegant, red cherry dominate wine, with soft textures, spicy, red fruits and a touch of espresso in the finish. You can drink this with just a few years in the cellar, or less. 90 Points
2,280 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Already showing quite well, this blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a medium-bodied, fresh, soft textured, elegant, earthy wine with plums, cherry, espresso, forest floor, flowers and hints of mint leaf on the nose and palate. 91 Points
1,557 Views Tasted Aug 29, 2021
|2014||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Salt, olives and herbal aromas with light red fruits. 83-85 Pts
2,500 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Red plum and herbeaceous in nature, this medium-bodied wine has olive and cherry notes in the dry finish. 82-84 Pts
1,832 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, easy drinking quaffer, with a soft core of plums, freshness and an open personality that makes this fun to drink in its youth. 88 Points
3,197 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Medium-bodied with ample notes of licorice, cherry and strawberry wines, the wine ends with sweet, tart and fresh cherries in the finish. 86-89 Pts
3,190 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Spice, licorice and red berry scents, medium bodied and a fresh, bright, red berry finish. 85-88 Pts
3,914 Views Tasted Mar 16, 2012
|2010||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Read to drink, this medium bodied, light textured charmer offers, fresh red cherries, plums and spice, in an easy to drink and like manner. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 87 Points
2,752 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2015
|2009||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A well priced St. Emilion, one of 6 using that incorporates the name Corbin into their moniker, the wine is light ruby in color, offering scents of red berries, earth and spice, medium body and a pleasant, cherry finish. This is a Bordeaux wine to drink on the young side. 88 Points
2,521 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2012
|2005||Château Grand Corbin Manuel (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light in texture and style, this earthy, red berry filled wine is ready to drink. 85 Points
3,407 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2012