Château Rocher Corbin

Montagne Saint-Émilion – 2019

Region: France - Bordeaux

Château Rocher Corbin

Domaine de Rocher Corbin is a former farmstead of the Château Corbin, fiefdom of the Lord of Corbin in the Middle Ages. This property was acquired in the 1880s by Charles Durand. For four generations, Rocher Corbin has been passed down from father to son, with the same passion for vines and wine.

Since 1986, Philippe Durand has devoted himself to the modernization of the property, with the greatest respect for the terroir, the environment, and the traditional practices of vine cultivation.

Rocher Corbin, a 10-hectare (25.95 acres) property, stretches along the west coast of the Tertre de Calon, one of the highest points in the region, in the heart of the Montagne-Saint Emilion appellation, a few kilometers from Saint-Emilion, on the right bank of the Dordogne. This prime location, with great sun exposure, and well-draining clay-limestone soils make it a great terroir for the grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec) of the estate. The average vine age is 45 years with old vines ranging from 80 to over 140 years old.

 

 

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Single vineyard in Saint-Émilion on slope of Calon mount, the highest point in the area.

  • Vineyard Area: 25.95 acres/10.5 ha
  • Exposure: West – maximum sun exposure
  • Soil: Clay and limestone
  • Vine Age: Average 50 years. 15% are over 80 years, includes a small 150 year old Merlot parcel
  • Green cover crops, short-pruning, de-budding and leaf removal through growing season
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into small crates with strict berry selection in vineyard and before and after destemming
  • Short cold maceration and microxygenation
  • No sulfur added during vinification
  • Part of malolactic fermentation in used French oak barrels
  • Aged 13 months in used French oak barrels
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Winemaker's Notes

Deep, rich garnet. Complex nose of beautifully ripe red and black fruits and soft oaky notes, all in perfect harmony. An ample and unctuous palate with silky tannins.

Wine Summary

70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot; alcohol: 14.5%; single estate vineyard plot on west slope of Calon mount in Saint-Émilion; clay and limestone soil; vines average 50 years, with a section of 80+ year old & small parcel of 150 year old Merlot; hand harvested; manual berry sorting before and after destemming; malolactic fermentation in used French oak and stainless steel; no sulfur added; aged 13 months in used French oak barrels; unfined and unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

Reviews

91 Points

This is a powerfully generous wine—a judicious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Its spice and perfumes are ripe, and richness is the order of the day here. The wine, already smooth, will age further. Drink from 2024.

Wine Enthusiast, December, 2022

General Info

Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation(s) Montagne Saint-Émilion
Proprietors Philippe Durand
Founded 1860
Winemaker Philippe Durand
Annual Production 2,200 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, bio-dynamic) Organic