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Château Corbin

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2018 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

With a profundity of color, the wine is fresh, juicy, elegant, ripe and multi-faceted. On the palate and in the finish you find decadent cherries and licorice with lift, length and opulence. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 15% alcohol but there is no touch of heat or jammy sensations. This is a beauty and it is the best vintage of Corbin I have ever tasted! 92-94 Pts

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2016 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Medium-bodied, elegant and refined, with lovely, fresh, sweet, red fruits, silky tannins and floral aromatics, the wine is bright, refined and finesse driven. There is purity in the fruit, length and energy here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2009 Château Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

With a floral edge to the sweet cherries, the wine is mature, elegant, soft and fresh. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins, spice and herbs. This is perfect for enjoying now and over the next decade.

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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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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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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 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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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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