Vintages

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2012 vintage

The 201st vintage of the Despagne family on the Grand Corbin terroir.

  • Harvesting dates
    – 04/10/12 for the Merlot
    – 11/10/12 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2012 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    34 hl/ha

    Production forecast
    75,000 bottles

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    28.79 hectares (71 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    39 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
    (2012 : 3ième année de conversion) contrôlé par Agrocert FR-007.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2011

2011 vintage

200th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 15/09/11 for the Merlot
    – 26/09/11 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2011 blend
    – 70% Merlot
    – 29% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    38 hl/ha

    Production
    77,360 bottles

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    38 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2010

2010 vintage

The 199th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 27/09/10 for the Merlot
    – 06/10/10 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2010 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    34 hl/ha

    Production
    90,748 bottles

    Bottling
    End April-Beginning May 2012

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    40 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2009

2009 vintage

The 198th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 24/09/09 for the Merlot
    – 05/10/09 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2009 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    38 hl/ha

    Production
    89,641 bottles

    Bottling
    End April 2011 (L1GCD09)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    42 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2008

2008 vintage

The 197th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 06/10/08 for the Merlot
    – 13/10/08 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2008 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 40% new barrels
    – 60% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    32 hl/ha

    Production
    74,881 bottles

    Bottling
    End April 2010

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    46 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2007

This was a vintage to test the vine-growers. It needed careful observation, patience and the ability to react quickly to circumstances.
Although the year was very challenging, in the end it was a real pleasure when finally all the hard work was rewarded with wines that turned out to be fruity, fleshy and perfectly balanced.
Our vine-growing methods have been environmentally-friendly for over ten years now. We have set up a think-tank to reflect on sustainability and wine-making effluent treatment. The vineyard has been granted integrated crop management status (la lutte raisonnée), and we have obtained a charter for sustainable economy (Terra Vitis). As from the 2007 vintage, new ground was broken with the introduction of organic vine-growing methods.
This vintage was also the cue for the introduction of a different sorting system and the acquisition of new sorting tables, including an automatic table which sorts the grapes using an air knife in order to eliminate any unwanted berries.

Growing season
A very hot April caused the vines to begin shooting (bud-break) very early. The flowering process was very even, taking place around 24th May. Despite unsettled weather there was very little problem with fruit setting. The vine cycle was then subjected to a phase of downy mildew threat, due to damp conditions during May and June.
Close monitoring of the vineyard was essential to preserve the potential crop size. Each vine’s crop load was then adjusted at veraison (the optimal moment for crop thinning). A few rain showers at the end of August gave some cause for concern for the health of the grapes. Fortunately, the sunniest and driest September of the last 60 years ensured an excellent completion of the ripening process.

Harvest
Getting the dates right for the harvest was crucial for a successful vintage. Taking into account the last sixty years, the average time between the flowering and the harvesting is 110 days. Tasting the berries on the vines enabled us to harvest each plot’s grapes at optimal quality and in perfect health well beyond this average time span.

Vinification
Each plot, each batch and each vat was vinified according to its potential with numerous short pump-overs to extract a fine tannic structure. The duration and the frequency of the pump-overs were adapted to the constitution of the grape skins.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
Many lots displayed lovely balance. Potential alcoholic degree was lower than in previous years (around 12.5°). Aromatic expression was superb. Tannins were present and firm –the ageing process would bring the necessary flesh to balance them.

Final blend
75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2014 – 2020

2007 vintage

The 196th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 25/09/07 for the Merlot
    – 08/10/07 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2007 blend
    – 77% Merlot
    – 22% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 40% new barrels
    – 60% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    38 hl/ha

    Production
    80,948 bottles

    Bottling
    End April 2009 (L1GCD007)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    45 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2006

The new Saint-Emilion classification confirmed our growing reputation for uncompromising quality levels since 1993.
This 2006 vintage therefore had a very special flavour, since these grapes would be classified Grand Cru Classé and had to be worthy of that rank.

Growing season
The 2006 flowering process was very smooth with a pollination peak occurring on June 6th. The vine cycle then had a period of very high temperatures and drought which caused water deficit stress in the vines and consequently an early stop in vegetation growth –a necessary element for good ripening of the grapes.
The sunshine and then the cool temperatures during August enabled slow ripening, good for keeping fruit potential in the berries. The beginning of September brought intense heat, which was ideal for the ripening of the tannins.
The rain that fell in mid-September had no adverse effect on the health of the grapes, thanks to the early stop in vine vegetation growth. The careful work carried out throughout the season to enhance quality (removing double shoots, crop thinning and de-leafing) had been well worth all the efforts.

Harvest
The picking of the grapes was done plot by plot, and prior tasting of the berries on the vines enabled us to harvest each plot at its optimal quality and with perfectly healthy grapes.

Vinification
Each plot, each batch and each vat was vinified according to its potential with numerous short pump-overs to extract a fine tannic structure. The duration and the frequency of the pump-overs were adapted to the constitution of the skins.
The yield was very low (36hl/ha), which proves that the September rains had not diluted the raw material.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The first tastings were very promising indeed. The vintage had been a good one, very Bordeaux in style, and less showy than its predecessor. The Merlot was fruity and full, the Cabernet Franc was ripe with harmonious balance.
The total polyphenol index (colour + tannins) was an average of 75.

Final blend
75% Merlot 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2012 – 2018

2006 vintage

The 195th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 19/09/06 for the Merlot
    – 26/09/06 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2006 blend
    – 78% Merlot
    – 21% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 45% new barrels
    – 55% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    32 hl/ha

    Production
    80 861 bottles

    Bottling
    End April-Beginning May 2008

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    44 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2005

An outstandingly great vintage!
The whole of the growing season went like a dream, producing near-perfect ripeness in the grapes.
2005 marked the completion of our conversion to environmentally-friendly vine-growing with our estate being granted the status of Lutte Raisonnée et Intégrée (integrated and environmentally-friendly vine growing) by AFAQ-AFNOR together with the label TERRA VITIS (environmentally-friendly vine-growing and wine-making practices).
This coincided with the setting up of our wine effluents treatment station.
2005 was also the year in which we introduced a new process to prepare and wash barrels, using a steam generator that enables a better disinfection during rackings.

Growing season
The major characteristic of the vine cycle was severe water supply deficit. Only 430 millimetres (less than 17 inches) of rain fell in the year, which was half the average of the previous 50 years.
The vine cycle was such that outstanding grapes were produced. The flowering process was very even, the veraison and ripening process took place in optimal conditions, and harvesting dates could be chosen at our whim.
Temperatures were consistently high but never extreme, which meant there was no blocking of the ripening process.

Harvest
The Merlot was picked from 19th to 26th September and the Cabernet Franc from the 28th to 30th September without a single drop of rain. We were careful to bring in perfectly ripe grapes without them being over-ripe.

Vinification
An amazing level of phenolic ripeness (the measure of the tannins in the skins and in the pips as well as the anthocyanins or red pigments) allowed us to extract wonderfully ripe tannins without the need for excessive extraction. When grapes have such a high level of ripeness all the constituent elements are released naturally. Yield: 38hl/ha

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
What great balance! The wine was dark, the nose was incredibly complex (jammy black and red berry fruits), the palate was full, powerful and rich. The 13.5° alcohol was perfectly balanced by good acidity, keeping lovely freshness in the wine.
The high tannin content in the wine also promised great ageing potential in bottle. An outstanding vintage.

Final blend
74 % Merlot 25 % Cabernet Franc et 1% de Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2012 – 2020+

2005 vintage

The 194th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 19/09/05 for the Merlot
    – 26/09/05 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2005 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    39 hl/ha

    Production
    99 505 bottles

    Bottling
    Mi-mai 2007 (L1GCD05)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    43 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2004

Thanks to its powerful but firm tannins, this vintage bears the hallmark of a great, classic Bordeaux.
2004 was the year in which we gained greater insight into our terroir, after digging a number of new soil pits among our 53 plots of vines.
This soil survey was accompanied by measurings of the water supply potential, which enabled us to enhance the quality of certain areas of our vineyard and in so doing improve control over the vine-growing.

Growing season
Bud-break, which occurred at the beginning of April, was followed by an even flowering process around June 5th.
Veraison took place at the beginning of August and then a slow ripening of the grapes began, due to contrasting weather conditions.
Crop thinning was necessary, sometimes to a large extent, so as to limit crop loads. A hot and dry September allowed us to harvest high quality grapes.

Harvest
Begun on 28th September in excellent weather, the picking continued till 11th October. The grapes showed classic sugar-acidity balance. The yield in 2004 was 42hl/ha

Vinification
Helped by the work done in the vines to keep down yields, the grapes selected were vinified to preserve fruit and bring out structure with an average maceration period of 25 days.
Thanks to plot by plot management, we were able to vinify each lot according to its quality potential.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The wine had high quality potential and displayed great structure, promising long ageing potential in bottle. It was therefore a great Bordeaux classic –in other words a wine with a good balance between acidity, alcohol and tannins, which brought freshness to the wine, which would require a number of years in bottle to express all its finesse.

Final blend
75% Merlot 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2010 – 2018+

2004 vintage

The 193th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 28/09/04 for the Merlot
    – 06/10/04 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2004 blend
    – 76% Merlot
    – 23% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 45% new barrels
    – 55% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    41 hl/ha

    Production
    71,565 bottles

    Bottling
    End April-Beginning May 2006

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    42 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2003

Although this 2003 vintage was badly hit by poor fruit setting due to coulure, it will especially be remembered for the historic drought of August which brought about concentrated grapes and therefore very low yields.
The berries reached new levels of balance for the Bordeaux area with highly concentrated sugar levels and low acidity.
In 2003, a new sorting system was introduced, separating the de-stemming operation from the crushing, thereby enabling a sorting of the berries on a 5th table.

Growing season
The vine cycle was consistently in advance at every stage of vine growth, from the bud-break to the flowering, veraison and harvest.
Water stress did not affect our old vines. Their rooting systems allowed them to regulate the climatic excesses.

Harvest
Taking place in superb weather conditions, the grapes were picked at optimal ripeness.
However, it was important to avoid picking over-ripe grapes so as not to produce wines with unbalanced acidity, alcohol and tannin levels. The yield was 27hl/ha

Vinification
Our vat cellar’s temperature control system, along with the use of dry ice, enabled us to monitor and gently control the alcoholic fermentations, made tricky by the presence of very sugar-rich grapes together with high temperatures at harvest time.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
Due to an amazing balance between alcohol and acidity, the wine had a somewhat exuberant charm but was really attractive.
This is a wine that displays the character of very hot climate wines. It will be exciting to follow its development over the years to come.

Final blend
70 % Merlot 29 % Cabernet Franc et 1% de Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2009 – 2016

2003 vintage

The 192th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 08/09/03 for the Merlot
    – 16/09/03 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2003 blend
    – 70% Merlot
    – 29% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    29 hl/ha

    Production
    71 689 bottles

    Bottling
    End of May 2005 (L1GCD03)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    46 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Download the technical data sheetPress commentsPeak maturity

Grand Corbin-Despagne 2002

This vintage produced a low yield due to poor fruit setting (coulure) on Merlot vines following the flowering process.
2002 saw the introduction of a new grape sorting system with successive sorting tables installed at harvest reception. The system begins firstly with a sorting on the vine; and then at the cellars the grapes pass through a hopper before going along a vibrating sorting table and finally a manual sorting table.

Growing season
Winter began with a substantial rain deficit. The flowering process stretched out over time, which meant that we had to make adjustments to the crop to avoid ending up with an uneven ripening of the fruit.

Harvest
The ripening process was adversely affected by unsettled weather in August. Fortunately, from the 10th to 20th September, hot dry weather set in, providing good conditions for the completion of the ripening process and a good quality crop. The Merlot was picked on September 25th and the Cabernet Franc on 2nd October. The 2002 yield was 29hl/ha.

Vinification
The hard work carried out in the vines during the season and the introduction of new grape sorting facilities paid dividends when the selection of the berries was made. A quality crop could therefore be vinified.
The introduction of a new wine-making tool, a turbo-pigeur, which mechanically immerses the cap of skins in the must, enhanced good extraction of the skins’ polyphenols.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The wines displayed pleasant, fruity potential with fresh, lively character.
This 2002 vintage has medium-term ageing potential.

Final blend
80 % Merlot 20 % Cabernet Franc. Anticipated peak maturity: 2007 – 2012+

2002 vintage

The 191th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 25/09/02 for the Merlot
    – 02/10/02 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2002 blend
    – 80% Merlot
    – 20% Cabernet-Franc

    Ageing
    – 33% new barrels
    – 67% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    28 hl/ha

    Production
    70,177 bottles

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    45 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Grand Corbin-Despagne 2001

This vintage has its place among the great Bordeaux vintages. It has classic Bordeaux character thanks to a lovely alcohol-acidity balance and superb tannins.
2001 saw the end of the concrete vat cellar’s renovation work, allowing more qualitative work to be performed during the vinifications and ageing process.

Growing season
After a mild winter, budding took place around 24th March. The flowering, which began at the end of May, went smoothly.
The ripening process proceeded gradually with superb weather in September.

Harvest
The harvest was done without any pressure to pick, thanks to an Indian summer. The Merlot was picked as from 25th September in excellent weather conditions and the Cabernet Franc as from 1st October.

Vinification
The balances between sugar, acidity and tannins enabled excellent raw material, worthy of a true Grand Vin, to be vinified. The macerations depending on batch (grape variety, age of vines and terroir) lasted 22 to 30 days. The yield was 42 hl/ha.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
A superb fleshy texture with harmonious balance and a lovely velvety mouth-feel.
At least 15 years’ ageing potential.

Final blend
78 % Merlot 21 % Cabernet Franc 1 % Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2007 – 2015

2001 vintage

201th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 04/10/12 for the Merlot
    – 11/10/12 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2001 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    34 hl/ha

    Production
    75,000 bottles

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    28.79 hectares (71 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    39 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Grand Corbin-Despagne 2000

As the last wine of the millennium, this vintage was destined to be a legend if only for its year number. However, it turned out to be so for the quality of its wine, too.
The richness in sugar-levels and polyphenols was acquired through exceptional ripening. Both the Merlot and the Cabernet Franc were magnificent.
2000 was also the year when the cellars were completely renovated and a temperature control system was installed in our barrel cellar, which was now able to accommodate the entire crop.

Growing season
Difficult weather conditions and a big threat of downy mildew meant that permanent close monitoring of the vines was essential from the budding to the fruit setting.
With the arrival of a dry, sunny period during which the usual vineyard tasks were performed (July, August and September), conditions were perfect for the production of fully ripe grapes.

Harvest
The choice of picking dates was crucial so as not to pick over-ripe fruit which would produce wines unbalanced by their high alcoholic degree.
The harvest took place without a single drop of rain interrupting proceedings. Picking began on 21st September for the Merlot and on 28th September for the Cabernet Franc.

Vinification
The huge potential of the grapes harvested allowed a pre-fermentation cold soak to be made to bring out fresh fruit flavour and a nice fleshy texture. Long post-fermentation macerations of about one month were done to ensure a full and complex structure. The yield was 41.99 hl/ha.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The wines showed very dark hues, a nose of jammy black fruits and an unctuous, powerful palate.
It had the perfect profile of a long-ageing wine thanks to its high TPI (total polyphenols index) of 85.

Final blend
75 % Merlot 24 % Cabernet Franc 1 % Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2007 – 2020

2000 vintage

201th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 04/10/12 for the Merlot
    – 11/10/12 for the Cabernet-Franc

    2000 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 24% Cabernet-Franc
    – 1% Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    34 hl/ha

    Production
    75,000 bottles

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    28.79 hectares (71 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    39 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Grand Corbin-Despagne 1999

Careful yield control was a must this year. Less sunny but hotter weather conditions brought about an early vintage.
The soil pit survey carried out over the entirety of the 53 Grand Corbin-Despagne plots provided analysis results about the soil, its sub-soil, its hydrology and its pedology. These findings would lead to an enhancement of the potential of the Grand Corbin-Despagne terroir as a whole.

Growing season
Mother Nature was generous and provided abundant grapes on each vine.
The generalisation of canopy management work that had already been in place over several years (de-budding, followed by removal of double shoots, de-leafing on the east-facing side of the row, crop thinning and then another de-leafing on the west-facing side) paid off handsomely this year.

Harvest
The harvest was begun on 20th September and was done swiftly so as to preserve the good health of the grapes. It finished on 30th September.
A regular harvesting team, which were given part board and lodgings, helped to create a loyal and reliable crew, capable of reacting quickly when bad weather threatened.

Vinification
Once the vats were filled with their musts, a bleeding of the juices was done to get a higher skins-to-juice ratio for enhanced maceration and a quality extraction.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The wines vinified had a superb garnet colour, lovely elegance and well-knit tannic structure.
A strict selection of the lots coming from the different parcels allowed us to produce a very good First Wine, which made up 60% of the total crop.
The wine had a good depth of colour with ruby-red tones. The first nose revealed aromas of red berry fruit, such as morello cherries together with roasted smoky notes.
On swirling the glass, there was more complexity and notes of fruit, mingling with spices and roasted coffee beans.
On the palate, well-structured tannins are harmoniously integrated. In the finish there are flavours of jammy red berry fruit followed by toasted notes with a length of finish of 6 to 8 seconds.

Final blend
78 % Merlot 21 % Cabernet Franc 1 % Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated peak maturity: 2005 – 2012

1999 vintage

The 188th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 20/09/99 for the Merlot
    – 28/09/99 for the Cabernet-Franc

    1999 blend
    – 78% Merlot
    – 22% Cabernet-Franc

    Ageing
    – 40% new barrels
    – 60% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    40 hl/ha

    Production
    83,177 bottles

    Bottling
    Beginning of May 2001 (L1GCD99)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    45 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Grand Corbin-Despagne 1998

This is a great vintage for the right bank of Bordeaux and especially on our terroir of sandy-clay soils over iron deposits in the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation.
1998 was the year which saw the completion of the modifications to the vat cellar as well as an increase in the number of barrels (50% new, 50% second-fill barrels). With these technical enhancements and new installations, we were able to create a Second Wine -Petit Corbin-Despagne.

Growing season
Exposure of the grapes to light was improved after modifying our pruning system and adopting the bordelaise pruning technique.
An even flowering process took place in 5 days around June 5th for the Merlot. De-leafing on both sides of the rows was done.
Crop thinning was carried out at veraison between August 7th and 15th for the Merlot.

Harvest
The grapes were picked between 24th September and 5th October in sometimes tricky conditions.
However, thanks to the very deep rooting systems of our old vines (making up over half the surface area of the Grand Corbin-Despagne vineyard) and the high potential of the grapes (enhanced by very favourable August weather that aided the ripening process), the berries remained perfectly healthy.

Vinification
Given the concentration and quality potential of the grapes, we were able to macerate some lots for over one month. Numerous vats had total polyphenols indexes (TPI) of between 80 and 90. The yield was 42.85 hl/ha.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The first tastings confirmed what we had observed during the vinifications: the Merlot was of exceptional quality and the Cabernet Franc was very satisfactory.
The wines displayed very attractive deep colour. The nose had great complexity, combining jammy red berry and black fruits with a lovely tannic structure.
It was our most successful vintage since 1990.

Final blend
77 % Merlot 23 % Cabernet Franc. Anticipated peak maturity: 2007 – 2020

1998 vintage

The 187th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 24/09/98 for the Merlot
    – 02/10/98 for the Cabernet-Franc

    1998 blend
    – 75% Merlot
    – 25% Cabernet-Franc

    Ageing
    – 50% new barrels
    – 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    40 hl/ha

    Production
    101 168 bottles

    Bottling
    End of May 2000 (L1GCD98)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    44 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Grand Corbin-Despagne 1997

This year’s vine cycle was well in advance of average and proved to be a demanding vintage for growers seeking to produce high quality wines.
1997 saw the inauguration of an independent viticulture station on the estate. It was also the year in which a new vat room was installed to favour the use of small vats. Each of these would correspond in volume as best as possible to the different plots of the vineyard.

Growing season
The flowering dates (around 20th May) were the earliest at the property since 1945. The process spread out over two weeks, and consequently substantial work was done on the vines to equalise the grapes’ potential.

Harvest
Begun on 10th September, it stretched out until the 27th September, forcing us to stop between the harvesting of the Merlot and that of the Cabernet.
Having closely monitored the ripening of each of the 53 plots making up Grand Corbin-Despagne, we were able to pick each batch at its optimum ripeness and get the best out of all the grapes.

Vinification
Modifying the vat cellar to accommodate smaller vats paid off handsomely in this vintage. The duration of maceration of each batch was carefully adapted to take into account the constitution of the grapes.
In the selection of the Grand Vin, over half of the batches harvested were discarded. The yield was 39 hl/ha.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The batches coming from old vines were superb.
The wine exhibited a lovely deep garnet colour. The nose revealed red berry fruits with subtle floral notes.
Elegant on the palate with roundness and finesse, this wine is for medium-term ageing in bottle.

Final blend
82 % Merlot 18 % Cabernet Franc. Anticipated peak maturity: 2005 – 2010

1997 vintage

The 186th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 10/09/97 for the Merlot
    – 17/09/97 for the Cabernet-Franc

    1997 blend
    – 80% Merlot
    – 20% Cabernet-Franc

    Ageing
    – 35% new barrels
    – 65% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    42 hl/ha

    Production
    77 444 bottles

    Bottling
    End of May 1999 (L1GCD97)

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    43 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Grand Corbin-Despagne 1996

This vintage bore the hallmark of one of the great Bordeaux years, not just in its vine cycle conditions but in the structure of the wine produced as well.
1996 saw the complete renewal of all of the harvest reception area, with systematic sorting of the grapes from the vines to the cellars, as well as the complete renovation of the concrete vats and integrated temperature control.
This year also saw the implementation of a vast intra-company training programme that would last for several years, to make all of the estate’s employees more informed about pruning, canopy management and vine diseases.

Growing season
The mid-flowering point occurred around June 5th. Slight coulure preventing fruit setting provided some natural crop selection, limiting the yield of each vine.
Contrasting weather in August brought about slow and even ripening of the grapes.

Harvest
The picking began on 23rd September and finished on 4th October.
Though the weather was unsettled, the cool temperatures during the harvest prevented any deterioration of grape health.
The new facilities in the cellars proved to be very useful during the sorting of the grapes.

Vinification
Optimal selection of the grapes followed by carefully controlled alcoholic fermentation and then a 3 week maceration enabled the full potential of the vintage to be extracted. Average yield was 42 hl/ha.

First impressions during the wine’s ageing
The wines displayed a classic profile:
– a deep garnet colour.
– a fruity nose combining red berry and black fruit aromas.
– elegant and full-bodied as it developed on the palate and lovely length.

Final blend
75 % Merlot 25 % Cabernet Franc. Anticipated peak maturity: 2005 – 2015

1996 vintage

The 185th vintage of the Despagne family

  • Harvesting dates
    – 23/09/96 for the Merlot
    – 01/10/96 for the Cabernet-Franc

    1996 blend
    – 78% Merlot
    – 22% Cabernet-Franc

    Ageing
    – 40% new barrels
    – 60% second-fill and third-fill barrels
  • Yield
    42 hl/ha

    Production
    80,696 bottles

    Bottling
    End of May – Début juin 1998

General technical data

Family-owned estate since 1812.

  • Location
    In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Classification
    Grand Cru Classé

    Surface area
    26,80 hectares (66 acres)

    Soils
    Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay

    Average age of the vines
    42 years

    Rootstocks
    101-14, 3309, Riparia

    Vine-growing methods
    Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers, certified AFAQ-AFNOR as an integrated vineyard.
    In the process of converting to an Organically-Grown Vineyard since 2010.
  • Density of plantation
    6,000 to 7,000 vines per hectare

    Canopy management work
    De-budding, removal of double shoots, de-leafing, crop thinning, removal of lateral shoots

    Harvesting
    By hand in small crates with 4 successive sortings

    Vinification
    Different operations that can vary according to plot batches and vintage : numerous short pump-overs, rack and return (délestage) and punching down of the cap (pigeage)

    Bottling
    21 months after the harvest

    Annual production
    70,000 to 100,000 bottles depending on the vintage

    Second wine
    Petit Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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