The historic area of Corbin is an ancient land, situated on the northwestern part of the Saint-Emilion plateau bordering Pomerol. Over time and many generations the ancient feudal domain was divided, creating six properties bearing the Corbin name.
A knight in training; a legendary Prince of Wales, son of Edward III; a Perigord aristocrat serving the English king at the Battle of Castillon in 1453; members of the Libourne bourgeoisie; a Polignac nobleman; a notary; an innkeeper; a soldier in the King’s bodyguard; a “prince of vines”... To catalog the owners of Grand Corbin is to write the history of the Libourne region and Aquitaine, an intense, often chaotic story which forged the reputation and success of Saint-Emilion wine.
Dubbed “the prince of vines”, Guillaume Ignace Bouchereau, Baron of Saint-Georges, deserves particular attention. It was he who sought to establish a great vineyard at Corbin, no doubt emulating the large estates then being created in the Médoc during the late 18th century. This talented aristocrat made his fortune owning immense plantations in Hispaniola (today known as Santo Domingo), which was the world’s greatest sugar producer. A wealthy man at 42 years of age, his longing for home brought him back to the Libourne region. He bought Château Saint-Georges then Grand Corbin, and the former planter became a major vine grower. Bouchereau’s ambitions for the vineyard led him to draft a surprisingly modern program for his estate manager to follow. Among Master Bouchereau’s intelligent instructions: use trained workers in the vineyard, support the vines on posts, replace missing plants, use better vine varieties, eliminate plantings of other crops between vine rows to improve quality...
Far-seeing and ambitious, Guillaume Ignace Bouchereau left his mark on local history and the vineyard landscape in the Libourne region. Grand Corbin Bouchereau was considered as a new name for this château to honor the spirit of this ambitious predecessor. Reconnecting with a prestigious past also reaffirms the timelessness of a great terroir.