Composed of 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Grand Corbin-Despagne has a deep garnet-purple color and flamboyant scents of stewed black and red cherries, mulberries and sassafras with an undercurrent of wild blueberries, potpourri and ground cloves, plus a waft of vanilla pod. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with black and blue fruit preserves, supported by firm, ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)
The 2018 Grand Corbin-Despagne is bold and racy right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, licorice, expresso and menthol flesh out in this decidedly ample, flamboyant wine.
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2021)
A dense, layered red with plum, berry, cherry and walnut character. Some bark, too. It’s full and chewy with some earth and currant flavors at the end. The wood shows now, but it will come together nicely. From organically grown grapes. Try after 2024.
93 points, James Suckling (Jan 2021)
Lots of red and black fruits, toasted spiced, dried flowers, and baking chocolate notes emerge from the 2018 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, a full-bodied, ripe, heady, opulent Saint-Emilion with sweet tannins and a great finish. It packs a punch and will be prized by those who like big fruit and texture. A blend of 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, it should keep for 10-15 years.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)