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Chateau Grand Corbin History, Overview
The formation of Chateau Grand Corbin took place in 1852. Skipping ahead to the next century, Chateau Grand Corbin was purchased in 1960 by the Giraud family. At one time, the Giraud family were the owners of the famed Chateau Trotanoy from Pomerol.
In late 2010, Chateau Grand Corbin was purchased by Groupe SMABTP, who own numerous Bordeaux estates including the neighboring St. Emilion estates, Chateau Haut Corbin and Le Jurat, as well as Chateau Cantemerle in the Haut Medoc appellation.
Following the results of the 2012 Saint Emilion Classification, Chateau Haut Corbin was merged into Chateau Grand Corbin, which gave the estate an additional 6.4 hectares of vines.
Chateau Grand Corbin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The terroir, located not far from the Pomerol, St. Emilion border is mostly sand with clay and bits of iron in the soil. The vines are old. On average, the vines at Grand Corbin are close to 40 years of age.
Chateau Grand Corbin is a traditional Bordeaux wine estate that picks its fruit by hand. To produce the wine at Grand Corbin, after sorting the grapes, the berries are moved to temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats for 5-8 days of cold maceration.
The cool temperatures prevent the start of alcoholic fermentation and encourage maceration. Next, the vats are warmed to 22 degrees Celsius to assist alcoholic fermentation. The cap is punched down on a daily basis before the must is pumped over by gravity flow into another tank allowing the total immersion of the grape skins and pips into the must.
Following four weeks of maceration, the new wine is run off the vat where only skins, pips, and residual juice remain. Then the skins and pips are put through a vertical wine press.
The wine is aged in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels for 12 – 14 months until the final blend prior to the bottling of the St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine.
The best vintages of Chateau Grand Corbin are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
The production of Chateau Grand Corbin is close to 12,500 cases per vintage.
When to Drink Chateau Grand Corbin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Grand Corbin is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. The wine is best enjoyed in the first 4-14 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. 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 with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Grand Corbin 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 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 is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Grand Corbin Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 23,992 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Floral and fresh, the wine is medium-bodied and focused on its sweet, cherries, plums and raspberry charms. Refined and silky, this is the best vintage of Grand-Corbin I have ever tasted. 91-93 Pts
1,117 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Alluring smells of licorice, red fruits, espresso and earth work well here. Medium-bodied, elegant, silky and refined, the wine leaves you with a beautiful sense of purity to the fruit. Give it 5 years or so to age, and this will be an even better wine. 91-93 Pts
1,875 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium-bodied, elegant, soft, floral and lifted, the red fruits are as sweet as they are silky, finish with licorice, cherries and plums. Give it a few years or so to age and this will be an even better wine. 92 Points
547 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium-bodied, floral, soft and polished, this wine delivers a streak of sweet, red fruits on the mid-palate. Give it a few years or so to age and this will be an even better wine. 91-93 Pts
1,327 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, black raspberry, licorice and espresso scents are all over the place. Medium bodied, but with round, soft, silky textures, there is a nice jolt of sweet plum and cherry notes in the finish that linger. Give it 5 years or so to age, and this will be an even better wine. 92 Points
1,312 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Flowers, black raspberry and licorice on the nose work perfectly with the medium bodied, fresh, sweet, ripe cherry core of fruits on the palate. Elegant in style. 91 Points
2,199 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Elegant, soft, medium bodied and forward, it is easy to find and enjoy all the sweet, ripe, cherries, plums and black raspberries along with the espresso note on the backend. 90 Points
2,347 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Soft, refined, polished and medium bodied, the wine is forward and all its sweet, ripe, cherries, plums and black raspberries with a nice shot of espresso should be available on release. 90 Points
2,263 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Medium bodied, soft, polished, and open in character, the wine offers an espresso, plum, black raspberry note from start to finish. 90 Points
2,719 Views Tasted Nov 22, 2017
The best ever from Grand Corbin, this wine offers a delicious profile of licorice, lush, dark, black raspberries and cocoa-covered plums. Sweet, fresh, silky with a bolder depth of flavor than in previous years. 91 Points
1,599 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Peppery with red fruits and a light red berry finish, this medium-bodied wine will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts
1,910 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2011||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light, slightly tart red berries and earthy notes dominate this early drinking wine. 83 Points
1,959 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2013
|2010||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Ready to go, this is soft, earthy, medium bodied, elegant and fresh, with a plummy, earthy, cherry filled, silky finish. Drink this over the next 5-8 years. 90 Points
1,405 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
|2009||Château Grand Corbin (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, easy to like, elegantly styled, soft, medium bodied, floral-accented red berry wine for current consumption. 90 Points
1,413 Views Tasted Feb 14, 2019