Montagne-Saint-Émilion is the largest 'satellite' appellation of Saint-Émilion in the Right Bank Libournais sub-region of Bordeaux, northeast of the Dordogne river. Here, the name Corbin can be traced back to the Middle Ages. It is the old seigneury of Montagne, where the Rambeaud family cultivated vines before the Revolution. Wine has been made at Château Corbin since 1885 and the property was the first to re-plant vines in the region following the phylloxera outbreak in the 19th century. A property of 37 ha today, Château Corbin produces wine from Saint-Émilion (Clos Albertus) and in Montagne-Saint-Émilion, with Jacques Rambeaud at its head since 2004.
The fruit for their ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Bordeaux, from vines up to 60 years old, grows in some of the most prime sites on the Right Bank, rooted in clay-limestone soils. It is only produced when the grapes express themselves at their best in any given vintage. After somewhat of a summer-less summer, the 2014 vintage was saved by the Indian summer that kicked in at the very end of August followed by a warm, sunny, dry September and a perfect October, allowing the fruit more time to mature and develop intense flavours.
The resulting wine immediately seduces with its deep colour and opulent bouquet of blackcurrant, blueberry, and black cherry mixed with notes of mocha. A rich, ruby red in colour, this wine shows intense ripe red cherry aromas tinged with spice. Full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and lifted acidity, it shows ample fruit concentration. On the palate, it is powerful and built to age. Drinking now until 2027.