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James Suckling, 93 points
“Attractive dark-stone aromas with graphite and ripe dark berries sit fresh on the nose. The palate has a riper feel with very rich, dense fruit presence and a heavier, tannin line weight. Full body. Try from 2022.”

Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, 92 points
“Flowers, black raspberry, licorice and espresso scents are all over the place. Medium bodied, but with round, soft, silky textures, there is a nice jolt of sweet plum and cherry notes in the finish that linger. Give it 5 years or so to age, and this will be an even better wine.”

Vinous, 90 points
“The 2016 Grand Corbin delivers a lovely mélange of red and black fruit, violets and touches of melted tar on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins and dense black fruit mixed with graphite and cedar, leading to a surly, backward finish that suggests another couple of years is required. While some attendees wagered it might dry out, I believe there is sufficient fruit here. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.“

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 89-91 points
“The 2016 Grand Corbin has a rich and showy bouquet with plenty of ravishing black fruit laced with spice, although I would like to see more precision. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a touch of graphite with a neat and tidy, quite harmonious and well-judged finish. It gets better as it goes along!”

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

93 POINTS and normally $60! Grand Cru St. Emilion from the possibly-best-ever 2016 vintage for a song!

Man! In gearing up for a bit of whiskey and soda bread tonight, our Bordeaux connection came through big time with this classic -- Chateau Grand Corbin. WHAT a score -- we wish we had more!

Dating back to 1852, Grand Corbin is located not far from the Pomerol border, and the vineyards are mostly sand with clay and bits of iron in the soil. The vines are an average age of 40 years old. It was elevated to Grand Cru status in 2012.

Just a few lines of praise from the critics! In a vintage like 2016, you truly get the best of both worlds...harmonious textures and balance, approachability, yet all the stuffing to last for a decade or so. So great to see wine at this level priced like this!

We have about 20 cases to offer today --- while it lasts! Sláinte!