Château Corbin: Tasting & Drinking

The Corbin style, like the wines of most estates in this corner of St Emilion, not to mention those just across the appellation boundary in Pomerol, tends towards a leaner, lighter and more elegant style than might be found coming from the appellation’s more gravelly or limestone-rich soils. They have confidence and freshness on their side though, this much we have seen in the likes of the 2016 and 2015 vintages, two good years for this property, the more recent of the two perhaps showing the most potential. Sadly, this success was not repeated in 2017, as the low-lying vineyards in this part of the St Emilion appellation (where the land runs down to the Barbanne) are more frost-prone than others. This was a vintage marked by the worst frost since 1991, and Château Corbin was one of a number who do not appear to have been able to put together a blend for the 2017 vintage.

Looking back at oreceding vintages, the 2012 showed well, an under-rated vintage for the right bank, the Merlots haveing convincingly outperformed the Cabernets in this vintage. I also seem to have been quite taken with the 1999 vintage, tasted more than a few years ago now. (22/3/19)

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