Grand Corbin-Despagne 2000
Tasting Notes and Scores
The smoky, sultry characters and ripe, intense plum notes on the nose immediately reveal this as a 2000. The palate shows the class of the wine with elegance, softness and good concentration; now the firmer edged tannins have melted down, the wine retains its shape but is altogether approachable and beautifully balanced. Surprisingly grand in scale and intensity, this just goes to show what a great vintage can do for longevity. A great Claret at a silly price.
-Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7
This has been a property to watch since the late nineties. All of the recent vintages have represented a relatively virile, muscular, tannic style of St.-Emilion. The black/purple-colored 2000 is a sleeper of the vintage. Revealing aromas of plum, wood smoke, iron, blackberries, licorice, underbrush, and cassis, this full-bodied, layered, powerful, muscular St.-Emilion has some tannin to shed, but its finish reveals considerable persistence. It is a strong, virile, broodingly impressive effort. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018.