2012 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Appelation: Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Tasting note: Score 90. This wine often tends to be rustic and masculine, but the 2012 is civilized. Sweeter tannin, a softer, more expansive mouthfeel and abundant concentration have resulted in a sleeper of the vintage. The wine’s dark purple color is accompanied by lots of incense, blueberry, black raspberry and crushed rock-like notes. Drink this beauty over the next decade. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2013
Food pairing: Enjoy with poultry or veal roast - Will do well with any red meats grilled, cheese...
Grape varieties: Merlot 75 %, cabernet franc 24 %, cabernet sauvignon 1%
Location: Bordeaux France - Saint Emilion
Size of the vineyard: 26,80 hectares (70 000 to 100 000 bottles produced depending of the vintage)
Terroir / Soil: Clay and sand on sandstone containing iron oxide; ancient sands on clay
Vinification: Malo-lactic fermentation is partly done in barrels, 40% to 60% new barrels, 35% to 50% 1-year old barrels - Bottling is done 21 months after harvesting
Name: 2012 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Area: saint emilion bordeaux (see Map)
- The Despagne name has been inextricably linked with the land of Saint-Emilion since at least the beginning of the 17th century.
The oldest known family document is that of the baptism in 1665 of the son of Pierre Despagne, a ploughman, and Lison Raynaud. Their descendant, Louis Despagne, born in 1789, would be instrumental in creating the family’s renown.
In 1812, not far from Cheval Blanc, where Louis’s family were tenant farmers, he settled at a place called Corbin and acquired the first plots to be owned by the family.
His son expanded “Crû Grand-Corbin – propriétaire Despagne”, as the growth was known at the time. It was towards the end of the 19th century that the name Château Grand Corbin-Despagne came into existence.
In the 20th century, Paul Despagne, who was an extraordinary winemaker, developed the good reputation of the growth, making wines of consistently high quality.
Different generations have brought their savoir-faire and when the first official classification of the growths of Saint-Emilion took place, the estate was awarded the rank of Grand Cru Classé.
François Despagne represents today the seventh generation of the same family at this growth. As its manager, he seeks to preserve respectfully those values he has inherited from his ancestors.