Château Grand Corbin Manuel
History of the Castle
For several generations, our family has produced wine in St Emilion from various renowned Chateaux.
In 2005, Stephane de Gaye and his children decided to take over Château Grand Corbin Manuel, reviving an old passion.
His daughter, Yseult de Gaye, now runs the estate which is situated amongst Grands Cru Classes and close to Grands Crus in both St Emilion and Pomerol.
The vines are situated entirely around the house and winery buildings which facilitates management under a close watchful eye at all times.
All the land on which the vines grow have been drained to avoid excess humidity.
When the vines are pruned, only a few buds are left to grow, thus promoting quality, not quantity.
By training the vines at a good hight, they are well exposed to the sun, and the leaves and fruit are well aired. Missing vines and weak plants are replaced every year to maintain balance.
We have modernised production with new stainless steel tanks which are thermoregulated and a new airconditioned winery with automatic humidity control.
The estate is improving year on year and regaining its nobility amongst its famous neighbours, with every intention of competing with them !
The quality of the wine at Château Grand Corbin Manuel depends primarily on its soil, the quality of the work done to the vines as well as the great care taken at each step of the wine making.
The treatment of the vines at harvest, the strict adherence to hygene rules, the techniques of wine making and the aging of the wine are the crucial factors in producing a wine which can be drunk over many years.
Good wine can only be produced from good quality grapes that are perfectly matured. The search for excellence begins at Grand Corbin Manuel with pains taking work on the vines in the year leading to harvest.
Our wines come from a mariage of Merlot, which gives roundness, generosity and complextity of fl avor to Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives the wine its structure, its bouquet and its potential to age and fi nally Cabernet Franc which gives extra subtilty and elegance.
Each year the wine differs and this depends on factors such as the development of the different vines, the age of the diffrent vines, their position, the soil structure, the work done to the land and the differing climatic conditions each year.
One must be highly adaptable and able to react to the different situations which can arise, making the right decisions along the way.
All these factors together make our wines different each year whilst maintaining the same theme and expression of our land, which makes our wines unique.
During the harvest at Château Grand Corbin Manuel, the grapes are carried to the winery in baskets to avoid harmful damage.
Once the harvest is over, we begin the wine making in small tanks (62 to 72 hl), so that we can work vine type by vine type and row by row, which enables us control the diversity of taste and the fusion of plant and land.
The production of our wine requires knowledge, technique and imagination. Step by step we guide the transformation of the ,grapes into wines that are balanced, noble ans aromatic.
The fermentation takes place in our stainless steel tanks. The « malo-lactic » fermentation takes place partly in the tanks and partly in new barrels.
Like the wine, wood is living matter. Contact betwwen them adds a richness to the wine and gives it a structure.
The ageing process takes place entirely in barrels of French oak during 12 to 18 months depending on the year and with minute attention to detail at all times.
It is always passion that guides our desire to always improve by constantly adapting to the conditions we encounter.
Tags: Cobin, Corbin Manuel, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Red Wine