Saint émilion grand cru
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, with over 200 years of history, is the magical mix of a tiny locality called Grand Corbin, a terroir and the Despagne family. The vine-growing and winemaking are carried out according to organic farming principles.
CHÂTEAU GRAND CORBIN DESPAGNE
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The Despagne family has existed in Saint-Emilion since at least the 16th century, as testified by the family ancestry records.
A descendant of the family, Louis Despagne, born in 1789, was the architect of the family’s venture into viticulture. In 1812, just around the corner from Cheval Blanc where his family were tenant farmers, he made his home at the small locality known as “Grand Corbin” and acquired the first of the family’s plots.
His son extended the growth, then known as “Grand Corbin-propriétaire Despagne”. It was towards the end of the 19th century that the name Château Grand Corbin-Despagne first appeared. Paul Despagne brought renown to the estate by achieving the rank of Grand Cru Classé when the first classification of the wines of Saint-Emilion was drawn up.
By this year, the seventh generation of the same family, represented by François Despagne, had taken over the management of the estate and the production of these Grands Vins. A programme of investment to enhance the quality of the work done both in the vineyard and in the cellars was ongoing.
The estate was awarded organic-growing certification by QualiSud FR- Bio-16.
Certification ISO 14001 – a member of the first association for the SME programme (Environmental Management System for Bordeaux wine and HVE Level 3.)
75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clay-limestone over an iron-pan subsoil and ancient sands over compact blue clay.
28.793 hectares (71.11 acres)