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Château Grand Corbin Despagne is a Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Emilion offering one of the best value on the market - which may be due to its terroir, just near the prestigious Pomerol appellation. The 2011 exhibits a lot of complex flavours, from small blackberries to sweet spices and cedar. It will get even better if you are able to wait a little bit. A beautiful and highly elegant wine, Your Sommelier just loves it.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Grand Corbin Despagne
Classification: Grand Cru Classé
Grape(s): Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (29%), Cabernet Sauvignon (1%)
Drink from now to 2026
Open 2 hours before
Serve at 16-18°C
Complex aromas deserve a tasty dish, such as a slow cooked leg of lamb.
Soil: Clay and sand.
Age of vines: 38 years old
Maturing: 12 months in oak barrels (50% new)
|What experts say|
|16 - "Deep crimson. Attractive freshness and nothing exaggerated on the nose. Very clean and straightforward but very unsubtle. Good honest farm-made St-Émilion. With quite a lot of acidity."|
|88-90 - "Made in a typical masculine, virile style with lots of earth, tannin and power, the 2011 Grand-Corbin-Despagne reveals sweet black currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with hints of incense and crushed rocks. This medium to full-bodied, tannic, backward St.- Emilion will need 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15 or more years."|
|15.5 - "Lively, fresh and harmonious. A little leaner than recent vintages but an agreeable drinking wine of medium-bodied weight. Drink 2016-2025."|
|88-91 - "On the taut side, with perky acidity and a strong chalky frame to the vivid cassis and blackberry notes. Rather tight now, but with solid concentration - if the acidity doesn't remain too angular."|
|16-17 - "Nice volume, soft but elegant fruit, balanced. A lot of potential."|
|18 - "What honours would fit this beautiful wine? A complex and delicate nose gives us a huge pleasure. Blackberries with sweet spices provide a lot of emotion. On the palate, it is a true concert of aromas."|
92 - "Barrel sample. This is an impressively rich wine that’s packed with forward fruit and spice flavors. It has power and dark tannins while retaining a fine sense of style."