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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 89 
ProducerChâteau Grand Corbin-Despagne (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2014 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Grand Corbin Despagne on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 62 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by John Nezlek on 11/9/2015 & rated 87 points: Decanted for about 1 hour in advance. A good, but not great bottle. A little disappointing given the vintage and my previous experience. Could be bottle variation, or it could be a little out of its drinking window. (324 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/30/2015 & rated 88 points: Merlot 78%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%, Cabernet Franc 21%. In perfect condition now with the qualities of the vintage and cepage. Not a great wine but a reminder of the value in mature claret away from big names and trophy wines. (667 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 9/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Medium/deep garnet core, pale garnet rim. Nose shows ripe plum, strawberry, plenty of soil, touch of spice and a hint of tea. Not overly complex but showing a nice combination of ripe fruit and soily complexity. Medium/full bodied on the palate, plum, black cherry, soft tannins, soil, touch of tea, decent acidity carrying a good length finish with a slight tannic signature still showing on the tail end. Excellent, mature, should hold for a few years but not sure it will get much better. (1480 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 9/19/2014 & rated 91 points: A really lovely bottle, mature, balanced and attractive, black cherries on the nose, old-vine creaminess on the palate and mineral freshness om the finish. Hope this will chase the flu away! (1609 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 8/27/2014 & rated 90 points: A mature, medium weight wine, in an elegant and mineral style, but not without some generous warmth from ripe, black cherries on the nose. At its best immediately after opening. (1765 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 6/2/2014: Drinking quite well. The oak of youth has faded, leaving only a light mocha note. Cassis, that mocha, and a bit of leather, nice texture/mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, ready. I don't think anything to be gained by further cellaring here, unlike the more traditional '98s. B+ (1782 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 1/8/2014 & rated 90 points: See previous note, but cooler and with less fruit and flesh. (2138 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 11/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Yet another pristine bottle. Immediately attractive after the cork is pulled: a perfectly classical, mature Saint-Emilion. After a few hours, the cool limestone minerality and grippy 1998-tannins take the upper hand and the flavours shift from black cherry to cold tea. At peak, drink now and over the next few years. (1741 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 7/2/2013 & rated 91 points: Pristine bottle - perfect level, label and cork. Identical to my previous note, but on the basis of this bottle I would suggest to perhaps drink this sooner rather than later; it really is fully mature and might become attenuated / dry out quicker than you'd expect. (2232 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 4/29/2013 & rated 91 points: Quite youthful appearance with a medium/deep ruby core, pale garnet rim. Nose shows red fruit, plum, soil, hints of tea. Medium/full bodied on the palate with generous, old-vine creamy red fruit, plums, vanilla, softish tannins, good acidity and an attractive touch of spice on the very good length finish. Excellent, drinking well but no hurry. (2444 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 4/19/2013 & rated 91 points: First bottle from a recently acquired case. Pristine condition. 77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc. Medium intense bright red, lively, very little browning at the edges; classic Saint-Emilion nose, complete, good depth, mature, harmonious; on the palate well-balanced, medium-weight, softened but not completely resolved tannins, harmonious and flattering but no lack of grip and structure, harmonious; good length. The vintage that marked the start of the revival of this Château that led to its regaining of the GCC status in 2006. Lovely wine, at peak but with time in hand. Now - 2018. (2259 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 11/26/2012 & rated 89 points: Best upon PnP. Drink soon. (2279 views)
 Tasted by zarped on 7/22/2012 & rated 90 points: nez de fruits noirs, moka, cedre en bouche le fruits noir comptée portés par une acidité encore présente tannin très fondus, bouche suave tabac, epices bonne longueur (2586 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 7/16/2012 & rated 88 points: Still deep maroon to edge. Nice with a 30 minute decant. Balanced and firm but somewhat simple palate. Should continue to drink well and probably improve to 2016+. (2123 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 4/22/2012 & rated 91 points: Deep red. Summer fruits on nose.. On palate, grape juicy youth is completely gone, leaving just a hint of strawberry on the smooth, but firm finish. Lingering acidity leads me to believe this has several good years of drinking still, say to 2016. (2218 views)
 Tasted by ggkemp on 3/16/2012 & rated 91 points: Very good & nice rep of St Emilion... No tannin in this one... Extremely mellow.. Need to drink up real soon... (2208 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 12/3/2011 & rated 91 points: This has gone from jammy to suave. Deep maroon with glints of red brick. Medium to full bodied, balanced but still firm with slight acidity. All texture with drying tannins after 45 minutes in open bottle. Drink now-2013. (2312 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 5/15/2011: Much softer than the last time and now ready to go...a bit old school and restrained, but went well with dinner and easy to drink....nice wine (2432 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 1/14/2011 & rated 92 points: Medium/deep ruby, medium pale ruby rim. Intense, open nose showing some development - red fruit, spice, vanilla - quite complex. Medium/full bodied on the palate, plenty of depth here with sweet, slightly creamy red fruit, a few darker fruit notes. Generous, layered, even rich with lovely vibrant acidity carrying a very good length, if still slightly firm finish. Really very good indeed, punching above its weight, this has everything it needs to improve with more time in bottle. Just lovely with lamb chops - try again in 3 years. (2594 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 11/22/2010 & rated 86 points: Still burgundy colored, with hardly any lightening at edge. Fruit has faded and reticent nose reveals some spice and musty aroma, almost like sour milk, which blows off. Mostly about texture on the palate now. Some acidity left, and puckering tannins after 15 minutes. Not sure how this will age further. (2908 views)
 Tasted by wynnewood500 on 11/16/2010: This was my last bottle. Drinking very well. Tannins fully resolved. Fruit dominates. Not particularly complex. (2827 views)
 Tasted by ArtF on 7/31/2010 & rated 89 points: This is approaching full maturity. Light to medium bodied. full ruby color. Reticent alcoholic aromas and slightly musty. Smooth and well balanced palate, hint of tart cherry fruit. (3046 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 7/21/2010 & rated 90 points: This was surprisingly good. Slightly less open profile, with good tension. Finished clean. Terric value that should continue to drink well for another 10 years. (90) (2918 views)
 Tasted by ggkemp on 4/21/2010 & rated 89 points: Still holding very well. Tasty, smooth, a very little tannin. A plleasure. (3316 views)
 Tasted by John Nezlek on 4/3/2010 & rated 89 points: Opened about an hour in advance. No decanting.

Markedly better than the last bottle I had two years ago. More balanced. Fruit actually seemed to be more present. Tannins present, but not biting. Some acidity, but just enough to balance the other flavors.

I have 3 left. Kind of curious to see what a little more time will do. (3063 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, August 2008
(Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne St Emilion) Lovely crisp and explosive fruit when the cork is pulled here, and in the glass plenty of plum-skin and peppered wood-spice character which has, for me, plenty of appeal. The palate offers a fresh although gently textured wine, with a substance that covers the ripe tannins that persist at the end very nicely. This has come around very nicely since my first assessment, and although it still shows some tannic grip it is very approachable now and has plenty to give. This is very good.  16.5 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2003
(Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne St Emilion) Merlot 78%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%, Cabernet Franc 21%. Dark fruits, spice and nuts on the nose. Rich, almost creamy fruits, with a lovely balanced palate. Delicious nut edge to the fruit. Still some tannin there - needs three to four years.  16.5+ points
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Château Grand Corbin-Despagne

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines

Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

St. Émilion Grand Cru

Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion

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