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2016 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Plums, licorice and floral aromatics with a hint of cocoa on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, fresh and more concentrated than usual with a finesse driven, dusty, elegant, sweet, polished, vibrant finish. There is purity in the fruit, length and energy here. The wine was made from blending 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol and aging in 50% new French oak barrels. For fans of this wine, you should know, this is best wine yet, made from Corbin!

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2016 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Silky, mineral-driven fruits, ripe, soft tannins, medium bodied with fresh plums, which carry through from start to finish.

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2016 Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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2016 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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2015 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

The sweet floral aromatics, plums and licorice start off the show. From there the wine is juicy, elegant and refined. The tannins on this medium bodied wine are soft. This is an elegant, refined, supple, silky wine that will reward 3-5 years in the cellar. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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With notes of truffle, licorice, black plum and rain-soaked earth creating the perfume, this is clearly, the richest, silkiest wine ever made at Corbin. The plush mouth feel has an unmistakable presence of ripe, fresh fruits, purity and length with a touch of clay and minerals in the finish. What I really love about this wine is the darker fruit profile, which can be difficult to find in the sandy soils from this part of the appellation. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol and will be aged in 40% new, French oak barrels. After it’s in the bottle, I would not be surprised to see this score at the top end of the range -- and maybe a point higher!

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2015 Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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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.

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Medium bodied, soft, polished, and open in character, the wine offers an espresso, plum, black raspberry note from start to finish.

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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.

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2015 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium bodied, soft, elegant and charming, the textures are soft, the cherries and plums have a nice, spicy essence to add complexity. The finish shows sweetness to the ripe, red fruits.

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2014 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A quiet nose with earthy, thyme and fresh, sweet, red fruits. Medium bodied, elegant, and soft, with loads of black raspberry and spice in the finish.

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With a nose as charming as estate manager Annabelle Cruse, the violet, licorice and black cherry aromas are a pleasure. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, fresh, soft and sweet with a black raspberry and thyme finish. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 40% new, French oak barrels. 90-91 Pts

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2014 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium bodied with an herbal, olive note to the plum character, this wine will drink well young. 86-88 Pts

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2014 Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Peppery with red fruits and a light red berry finish, this medium-bodied wine will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts

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2014 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 84

Salt, olives and herbal aromas with light red fruits. 83-85 Pts

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2013 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Light in color, the medium bodied, soft, elegant, fresh wine is on the lighter, red fruit side of the style range. This cherry and herb tinged wine will be best on release.

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The spicy red berry and spearmint bouquet opens to a medium-bodied, fresh, light wine with sweet cherries that continue through to the finish. From a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 40% new French oak. 87-89 Pts

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2013 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 83

Light in color and fruit with an herbal, red berry finish, this will require consumption early in life. 82-84 Pts

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2013 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 83

Red plum and herbeaceous in nature, this medium-bodied wine has olive and cherry notes in the dry finish. 82-84 Pts

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2012 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Ruby in color, with a smoky, cherry, earthy, leaf and thyme scented nose, the wine is forward, supple and fresh.

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From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. With a nose of licorice and fresh black raspberry jam, the medium-bodied wine is soft, smooth and forward, ending with dark berries and a hint of dust in the finish. 89-91 Pts

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2012 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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.

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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

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2012 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium-bodied with sweet black cherry fruits, soft tannins and a drying finish. 87-89 Pts

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2011 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Anabelle Cruse is on a roll at Chateau Corbin. In a very difficult year, the wine sports complex aromas of licorice, mint, leaves, oak and fresh red berries. Medium bodied, with soft, round textures and a forward personality, this well priced wine will be delicious on release.

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Corbin has been making better wine since the 2009 vintage. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 80% new oak. Medium bodied with soft textures, floral notes, fresh raspberry, licorice and kirsch, this will drink well young. 90-91 Pts

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2011 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Licorice, red berries, herbs and earth, this slightly rustic wine should be better with a year or two in the bottle.

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2011 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Spice, licorice and red berry scents, medium bodied and a fresh, bright, red berry finish. 85-88 Pts

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2011 Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 83

Light, slightly tart red berries and earthy notes dominate this early drinking wine.

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2010 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Coffee, licorice, fresh, ripe, black raspberries in the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, rich and silky, ending with sweet, blackberries and cocoa. This is my favorite vintage of Corbin from Anabelle Cruse yet!

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2010 Corbin Deep colored, mineral driven, licorice, jammy berry, spice and sweet black cherry open to a rich, plush, round, deep wine. This is a big step up for Anabelle Cruse. It’s the best Corbin I have ever tasted. 91-93 Pts

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2010 Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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2010 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Easy drinking, elegant and charming, the medium bodied wine shows good color and serves up a healthy dose of soft, spicy, black raspberries, licorice and earth.

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2010 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

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.

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2009 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Sensuous textures, a perfume packed with licorice, ripe, black and red cherries, spice and earth, a long, supple, forward, medium/full bodied, elegant, fruit filled finish, along with a fair price made this St. Emilion a winner.

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2009 Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully mature, easy to like, elegantly styled, soft, medium bodied, floral-accented red berry wine for current consumption.

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2009 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

2009 Grand Corbin Despagne is medium bodied with jammy blackberries, spice, and minerals. The wine offers a round, black cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

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2009 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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.

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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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2009 Château Corbin Michotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 83

Light to medium bodied, on the bright side of the red fruit style range, with some spice and earthy characteristics. Soft in texture, this is best for early, uncomplicated quaffing.

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2008 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Light in color, the medium bodied wine is already showing its truffle, tobacco, thyme, espresso and red fruit character. On the palate, the wine is probably close to mature, with a dusty, crisp, bright, fresh, sweet and tart red berry finish..

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08 Château Corbin. Corbin lies in the farthest north west region of St. Emilion, in clay and sandy soil. This elegantly styled St. Emilion offers a medium bodied wine with a profile of red and black cherries. 89-91 Pts

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2008 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

About to enter prime time, the medium bodied, wine is soft, polished, fresh, fruity and focused on its sweet, ripe cherry core of fruits, licorice and wet earth.

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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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2006 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Deeply colored, with licorice, blackberries, earth and cocoa aromas, this strong value priced Bordeaux wine offers a lot of bang for the buck with its layers of sweet ripe fruit and round, opulent, early drinking charm and character.

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2006 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Mature, this ready to drink charmer opens with truffle, wet forest floor and hints of plum in the nose. Silky in texture, but short, and slightly dusty in the finish with an olive and herbal tone, there is no reason to age this any longer.

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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.

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

A nice value St. Emilion in today's world with its concentrated style, ripe dark berry, licorice and earthy personality. The wine has the ability to age and improve.

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2005 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

With a developed nose showing its tobacco, earth, forest and leafy character, the wine is medium bodied, elegantly styled with a cherry and wild strawberry finish.

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2005 Château Corbin Michotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Black cherry, plum, earth, vanilla and spice flavors lead to a medium bodied, easy going, crowd pleasing, soft style of St. Emilion wine that is ready to drink.

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2005 Château Grand Corbin Manuel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Light in texture and style, this earthy, red berry filled wine is ready to drink.

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2001 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Fully mature, with a smoky, tobacco, cigar box, floral and cherry nose, with a touch of herbs. The wine is medium bodied, soft, refined and at the perfect stage of development for maximum enjoyment.

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