2015 Chateau Corbin
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $44.94 (was: $54.94)*
We absolutely love Bordeaux over here, but even we can acknowledge that most vintages need several years in the cellar bare minimum to start drinking well, and a decade plus to reach maturity. That’s why 2015 has been such a fantastic vintage to stock up on, as this year was all about pure fruit and silky tannins, matching opulence with elegance, and Saint-Emilion like Chateau Corbin are already hitting their stride. The warm and dry vintage was perfect for Chateau Corbin, which has been on a significant upswing, pushing for more precision and refinement, and is now “considered one of the best” in its sector of Saint Emilion by the Wine Advocate. That refinement, when matched with the beautiful ripe fruit of the vintage, is a perfect combination, and was handled beautifully by “brilliant winemaker” (Decanter) Annabelle Bardinet, and you won’t find the 2015 for a better price!
“One of the best values in grand cru classes from St.-Emilion” (Parker), Chateau Corbin has been on a hot streak thanks to Bardinet and oenologist Jean-Philippe Fort, and this vintage played right to their strengths. The warm year led to small, dense berries and small yields, and Corbin reduced the new oak to let that fruit shine. There is so much going on in this “ripe, undeniably sexy and polished” (Dunnuck) blend. Firing on all cylinders now, this should hold well for another 10-15 years. Cheers!
94 points, Decanter: "As it was recently bottled the nose is a little closed right now, but with a minute in the glass this starts to drum roll, building up flavour and layers of texture. This is going to age beautifully...It’s a little more fragrant and floral than other St-Emilions in 2015. A lovely wine, with touches of cinnamon finessing the finish...Matured in 40% new oak — normally larger vintages could go as far as 50%, but this year they felt they wanted to keep the emphasis on the subtle beauty of the fruit."
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck: "It offers ample notes of ripe cherries, strawberries, dried herbs and bouquet garni, with a beautiful floral quality developing with time in the glass. Ripe, undeniably sexy and polished on the palate, with full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin, give bottles a few year and drink over the following 10-15."
*Offer publication date October 11, 2021. Pricing and availability subject to change.