Chateau Haut Corbin St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Chateau Haut Corbin was purchased in 1986 by the Mutuelles d’Assurance du Batiment et des Travaux Publics company. Since that time. they have continued to invest in the property.

However, things changed following the results of the 2012 St. Emilion Classification. After the new classification was announced, Chateau Haut Corbin was merged into Chateau Grand Corbin. 2011 was the final vintage of Chateau Haut Corbin.

Chateau Haut Corbin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 6.47 hectare Chateau Haut Corbin vineyard is planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, giving Haut Corbin one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in Saint Emilion, as well as for most of the Right Bank.

Located close to the border of the Pomerol appellation, the terroir consists of gravel over sand, clay and limestone soils. The vines are old. Many of their vines are close to 45 years of age. The vine density is between 5,500 and 6,000 vines per hectare.

To produce the wine of Chateau Haut Corbin, vinification takes place in large, temperature-controlled, wooden vats. Chateau Haut Corbin is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage. Chateau Haut Corbin has an annual production of close to 3,500 cases of St. Emilion wine per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Haut Corbin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Haut Corbin can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 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.

Chateau Haut Corbin is usually better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Haut Corbin offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Haut Corbin with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Haut 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 Haut 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 Haut Corbin is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château Haut-Corbin Wine Tasting Notes

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2009 Château Haut-Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

2009 Haut Corbin, 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc, is medium bodied wine done in a light style. It offers some plush dark berries in its soft, easy to drink style. 86-88 Pts

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2008 Château Haut-Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

2008 Château Haut Corbin, with its black raspberry nose, elegant style, and medium body, provides a nice, early drinking St. Emilion. 86-89 Pts

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2005 Château Haut-Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Drinking great today, licorice, black cherries and wet forest floor scents open to a plush, soft, round, easy to like St. Emilion for not a lot of money. 89 Points

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