2020 Grand-Corbin-Despagne Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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TWI 95 VN 95 JS 94 JD 94 JL 94 JA 93 WA 93 DC 92
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, March 2023

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Grand Corbin-Despagne is made from 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Notions of plum preserves, baked cherries, and dried mulberries spring from the glass...
VN 95

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Grand Corbin Despagne is fabulous. Rich, dark and ample, the 2020 possesses off the charts richness and tons of intensity. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, cloves, lavender and chocolate all build in this...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, January 2023

A St.-Emilion with a solid core of fruit, fresh herbs, walnuts and hazelnuts. Medium to full body with layers of tannins and a juicy finish. Chewy at the end. 75% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 1% cabernet sauvignon. From...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

Deep ruby/purple-hued, the 2020 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne offers up a perfumed, exotic bouquet of red, blue, and black fruits as well as spicy oak, flowery incense, and sandalwood. Beautifully complex, medium to...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Flowers, licorice, cherries, plums, spice, bay leaves and sage create the complex aromatics. The wine is medium-bodied, silky and fresh. There is a gorgeous vibrancy and purity in the sweet, ripe, red fruits that linger...
JA 93

janeanson.com, December 2022

Dark fruits, majoring on cassis and bilberry, creamy texture and clear concentration, fully ripe fruits that head towards fig but are brought into balance by bitter chocolate and aniseed. Delicous, from a gravel-sand-clay...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

A strong effort, the 2020 Grand Corbin-Despagne wafts from the glass with aromas of sweet blackberries, plums, bay leaf and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it's seamless and enveloping, its vibrant core...
DC 92

Decanter, February 2023

Full and fruity but also very concentrated, this has elements of prune and raisin - giving a hint to the alcohol at 15% ABV alongside juicy blueberries giving a sense of both ripe and fresh black fruits. Acidity is...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%

The 2020 Grand-Corbin-Despagne is a Bordeaux blend hailing from the Saint-Émilion sub-region of Bordeaux, France. With a composition of 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, this red wine showcases a formidable 15% ABV. The estate, which began organic practices in 2004 and is currently in its second year of conversion to biodynamics, is situated on sandy soils over blue clay near the border of Pomerol.

The wine has garnered impressive reviews from notable critics. Antonio Galloni of Vinous awarded it a standout score of 95, describing it as "fabulous" with "off the charts richness and tons of intensity." He highlights its "rich, dark, and ample" qualities with flavors of "blackberry jam, crème de cassis, cloves, lavender, and chocolate," calling it "beautifully done in every way."

James Suckling also gave a high score of 94, noting the wine's "solid core of fruit, fresh herbs, walnuts, and hazelnuts." He praises its "medium to full body with layers of tannins and a juicy finish," suggesting cellaring for "three to four years to soften and come together."

Jeb Dunnuck mirrored Suckling’s score and commended the wine's "perfumed, exotic bouquet of red, blue, and black fruits" along with "spicy oak, flowery incense, and sandalwood." He describes it as "beautifully complex, medium to full-bodied, layered, and elegant," asserting that it will benefit from short-term bottle age and has the potential to keep for over two decades.

Jeff Leve from The Wine Cellar Insider, who also rated it 94, emphasized its complex aromatics including "flowers, licorice, cherries, plums, spice, bay leaves, and sage." He notes its "gorgeous vibrancy and purity in the sweet, ripe, red fruits that linger" and calls it "clearly one of the best vintages of Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne ever produced."

Other reviewers like Decanter, Jane Anson, and The Wine Independent praised the wine for its concentration, freshness, and balance. Notably, The Wine Independent's review highlighted its "rich and seductive" palate with "velvety tannins and just enough freshness," giving it a score of 95.

Overall, the 2020 Grand-Corbin-Despagne is celebrated for its complexity, richness, and aging potential, making it a distinguished vintage from this improving estate.