This small, 7ha, property is owned by Yseult de Gaye Nony, whose family are well known in St Emilion. The vineyard is planted to Merlot 80%
Cabernet Franc 15% & Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, with an average vine age of 35 years, and growing on the classic St Emilion clay. Harvest is by hand, wine making is traditional and around 50% new wood is used each year.
The 2018 is a relatively powerful wine, but it is well balanced with plenty of freshness. Lovely soft, sweet tannins mean this is drinking well already.
The 2018 Grand Corbin Manuel retains the floral scents that I noted out of barrel, though it has dispensed with its glossiness and manifested a more refined and delineated bouquet, replete with light estuarine notes, mudflats and hints of mollusk. The palate is sweet and quite candied on the entry, offering finely tuned tannins, hints of tobacco threaded through the red berry fruit and a liberal sprinkling of white pepper furnishing the poised finish. While it will be tempting to imbibe early, it has gained weight and backbone, so it should drink for longer than I initially predicted.
Neal Martin. Tasting date: January 2021 www.vinous.com