Chateau Corbin, Saint-Emilion, 2016

$49.99
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Corbin is one of our favorite traditional Saint-Emilion estates. These bottles are in excellent condition, having recently come straight from the negociant's cellars in Bordeaux
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Saint-Emilion has some of the finest terroir in France. The magic combination of sunny, maritime climate and cool clay-and-limestone soils is perfect for merlot, and has made Cheval Blanc and Ausone two of the most exalted wines in the world. But they're incredibly expensive, too!

Fortunately, the fabulous terroir isn't exclusive to these estates; Saint-Emilion happens to be the largest AOC in Bordeaux. This means you can find some remarkable values, if you know where to look.

One key to finding great Saint-Emilion is looking for Chateaux on the limestone plateau, around the town itself. When you head down from the plateau, the soils become sandier and the wines (generally speaking) lighter and less structured. There are plenty of good wines down there, of course. But the plateau is where you find Cheval Blanc and Ausone, and other Right Bank superstars like Figeac, Pavie, and Tertre Roteboeuf.

It's also where you find Chateau Corbin, one of our favorite authentically delicious Saint Emilions – and one that's far less expensive too!

Corbin, a Cru Classé with 15th century roots, is classically beautiful and terroir-expressive. And what terroir: it's also only about 1 kilometer from Cheval Blanc! Corbin doesn't cover up what they've got by working in the overblown, syrupy style that was trendy a decade ago. This is an elegant, even timeless, wine that expresses that limestone magic through merlot deliciousness.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"Blended of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new and 33% one-year-old French oak for 18 months, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Corbin has quite a meaty nose with smoked meats and beef drippings over a core of black plum preserves with hints of bay leaves and garrigue. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with a great core of muscular fruit and an earthy finish." -Robert Parker

Decanter

D 93
"A new cellar at Annabelle Corbin's estate for the 2016 vintage allowed for greater precision in the delivery. There's a clear roundness to the cherry, loganberry and juicy cassis fruits here. The 50% new oak is present, offering charred and tarred flavours that aren't subtle but full of life. It's well constructed, supporting the fruit through the palate. A great life ahead."

Wine Spectator

WS 91
"Raspberry puree, plum reduction and cherry paste flavors roll through in this red, carried by velvety structure. Red licorice and fruitcake notes peek in on the finish. Polished overall but has good energy through the finish, with a lingering apple wood hint."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 95
"Powerful tannins and ripe fruits are the main characters here. With a solid, foursquare character, it is generous and opulent. Tannins and concentration are all there, resulting in a wine with serious aging potential."

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Bordeaux

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc , Merlot , Other Regional Grapes , Red Blend

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Elegant , Floral , Silky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied