Petit Corbin-Despagne was created to satisfy the needs of private customers in search of a fruit-driven wine that would be perfect for informal parties and also to meet the demands of n-trade customers who wished to offer their clients a wine that could be enjoyed young.
As from the magnificent 1998 vintage, precision work based on our terroir studies was undertaken to fine-tune selection of plots.
Petit Corbin-Despagne is a selection of lots coming from vines of 10 to 20 years old which will in the future provide the grapes of Grand Corbin-Despagne, once these plots are over 20 years old. This special plot selection aims to bring out attractive fresh fruit and smooth tannins in the wine.
General technical data
In the north of the Saint-Emilion appellation, adjacent to Pomerol
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Variable (depending on the vintage)
Merlot 80% – Cabernet-Franc 20%
Age of the vines
10 to 20 years
Clay-sand over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay
101-14, 3309, Riparia
Density of plantation
6,000 to 8,000 vines per hectare
Ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers.
The vineyard is organically-grown and supervised as such by Qualisud.
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
40 to 45 hl/ha
By hand in small crates with 5 successive sortings
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)
50% third-fill barrels and 50% in vat
21 months after the harvest
25,000 to 40,000 bottles depending on the vintage