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Château Rocher Corbin consists of 10.5 hectares in one block, perfectly situated on the western slope of Mount Calon, the highest point in the area. This vineyard site provides maximum exposure to the sun and perfect natural irrigation. The vines average 45 years old, with 15% of the vines at more than 80 years old; the parcel includes a unique patch of 150-year-old Merlot!
Philippe Durand was among the very first in the area to apply sustainable agriculture, including ground covers, de-budding, short pruning and leaf removal. The grapes are hand-harvested in 10-kilo baskets to avoid damage, then sorted manually before de-stemming to eliminate any small withered berries. Finally, an additional manual sorting of each berry is done after de-stemming to ensure that no stems remain. A touch of pre-cold maceration, micro-aeration, and a part of the malolactic fermentation happens in new oak barrels; total aging is 12-14 months in French oak.