A modernistic merlot blend from Bordeaux
By W. Peter Hoyne
Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin
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2009 Chateau Saint Andre-Corbin St. George-St. Emilion, France
This wine is from Bordeaux’s right bank region within a small appellation named St. Georges-St. Emilion. Just north of the medieval village of St. Emilion, this region’s limestone and clay soils allow merlot to express its purest form. The Saby family, brothers Jean-Philippe and Jean-Christophe, acquired this property from their father in 2003 and have revitalized the vineyards crafting one of great values from the sublime 2009 vintage.
A more modernistic style from Bordeaux, this wine is a blend of 75 percent merlot and 25 percent cabernet Franc. A dark ruby red color reveals floral aromas of cedar and delicately spiced oak. The succulent black fruit is laced with roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate and herbs along with a framework of silky ripe tannins. There is enough density and length for cellaring, but immediate enjoyment might be necessary.
Suggested Retail 26.99
W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.