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History

Visitors discover the estate gradually as they travel through the maze of stone walls and meandering roads which criss-cross the upper reaches of the Saint-Emilion plateau. The château seems eternal, giving the impression of being frozen in time. Located close to the village, its drawing room and courtyard offer views over the ramparts. The pale stone of the façade reflects the soft sunlight, holding the promise of an exceptionally peaceful way of life. When privateer Jacques Kanon bought the vineyard on April 2nd 1760, he could hardly have imagined that 250 years later the estate would be globally recognised for its wine, which is ranked amongst the very finest Premiers Crus. 


When CHANEL acquired the estate in 1996 they decided to invest in restoring the full potential of Château Canon for crafting Premier Grand Cru Classé wines. The vineyard, the cellars and all the buildings were given their current appearance. The latest to date is the 18th century residence, entirely restored to the highest standards by architect Peter Marino. This is no ordinary château. It is a home, a family-owned château passed down through the generations. In winter, blazing fires crackle in the hearths. In summer, lunch is taken by the ornamental pond in a sheltered garden in the shade of the holm oaks.

 

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Vineyards

Since the 2002 vintage, the introduction of a new harvest reception system has enabled us to take even greater care of the selection and handling of the grape bunches. After a painstaking selection in the vines, the best bunches are taken in small-sized crates to the vat cellar entrance. These are then carefully tipped on to a sorting table, where a team of 6 to 8 people removes any berries that are of lesser quality. After a gentle de-stemming, the berries are then sorted by 10 people who discard any berries which have not reached perfect ripeness.

The crop is then placed in small 3 hectoliter stainless steel containers and emptied into the new stainless steel fermentation vats by gravity. Canon thereby avoids any aggressive handling of the crop through pumps and pipes.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

1er Grand Cru Classé B 22 ha / 55acres Clay-limestone plateau South / South-West 75 % Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc 25 years

5500 & 6500 plants per hectare Double cane pruning – Manual leaf thinning – Green harvest – An environmentally – friendly spray programme.

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Winemaking

The 32 hectares are made up of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, with the average vine age now close to 30 years following all the ferocious replanting. Classified a Premier Grand Cru Classé, Château Canon is widely recognised as a distinguished, superlative wine; ripe, mineral and opulent, a wine for those with the patience to wait.

• Alcoholic fermentation during 10 days • Maceration (between 28 and 32°C) for 15 days in double walled stainless steel vats, integrating a thermoregulation system with three daily pump-overs. 

• Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats and in barrels.

• Ageing during 18 months in barrels, 50 % of which are brand new, racking through the small bunghole at the end of the barrel every three months, fining with fresh egg whites and no filtering.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)


Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

1m 6d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


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4m 22h ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

4m 6d ago

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7m 16d ago

 Fernando Pessoa, Pro (Spain)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  50 wines 

The Annual Union des Grands Crus Tasting in London - Bordeaux Vintage 2014 - My TOP 50.

9m 9d ago

 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Ausone 2007 / Dark ripe nose with leather, plum, mint, strawberry jam. Beautifully textured on palate with juicy sweet fruit, velvety tannins, a certain note of drier fruit like prunes and some woody notes. Classical and aristocratic texture with great complexity and length. Warm, ripe and big, but very finely balanced and precise. 

10m 3d ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Bordeaux 2007 Tasting -Part I  Right Bank / 2007 Vintage was marked by regular rainfall all summer long and a beautiful month of September. The wines are aromatic and have retained great freshness. 


After an exceptionally warm month of April, the weather deteriorated starting in May. July was cool and wet, followed by a dry spell in early August, then showers at the end of that month. Fine weather returned in September, with three weeks of ideal conditions: hot days and cool nights.  The weather was more variable by the end of the month, with a few showers, although none were heavy or long-lasting.


 

10m 10d ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  45 wines 

“Bordeaux vintage 2000-tasting / 2000 was a very consistent vintage for Bordeaux, with most producers throughout the region making very successful red wines. The best of these are rich and ripe, yet very lively and fresh, with firm tannins that may need another decade or more to resolve. Others offer similar or even greater levels of ripeness, and perhaps even more richness of texture, but lacking perhaps the brightness of the finest examples of the vintage.”

1y 3m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  104 wines 

“Bordeaux Vintage 2015 Part I / Vieux Château Certan 2015:100 points: Deep colour. Fresh aromatic musky dark plum aromas with praline, fine espresso, vanilla oak. Sweet dark cherry, musky plum praline violet flavours, beautiful long fine chalky silky tannins, superb savoury oak complexity and mid palate viscosity.  Fine dry grainy finish with beautiful flavour length. A very sophisticated wine with lovely freshness and line. Finesse and elegance. ”

1y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

1y 4m ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  41 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Vintage TOP 40 / The wines on this list is chosen for their believed future score and and thereafter in the order that I would like to buy them to have them in my collection (if I had money dripping from my finger tips) but there are, luckily, some wines on this list that are not overly expensive. After five hundred and fifty plus wines tasted of the 2015 vintage more or less everything there is to taste of names have been tasted, some, when in doubt about the sample has been tried again if possible. The wines are very good if maybe not at the level som have suggested. It does not rival 2010, not 2005 either. 2000, 2001 and 2014 in parts seems to be somewhere to put it, and 1985 has come to mind several times over with the pure fresh elegance and charm.

The wines are far more precise and concentrated than 1985 ever was, but the style seems similar. These are wine that will be very easy to enjoy with high quality and on a whole, the best vintage since 2010, especially on the Right Bank. Some excellent and superb wines in Pomerol, and a more fine grained and fine tuned and fresher, more brilliant style of Saint-Emilion. Left bank is more varied, Margaux and Saint-Julien the most homogenous. There are many great wines just off this list, these are the ones I expect to land at 95 score or higher. None at one hundred this time around. The wine are fragrant, red fruity, many has used everything they had of Cabernet Franc, so a violets note is quite typical, especially on the Right Bank.

1y 4m ago

 Sho-Chieh Tsiang / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Canon . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“First day of the Bordeaux 2015 en Primeur-tasting is behind - my favourites are so far Angelus, Canon, Canon-la-Caffeliere, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier.”

1y 4m ago

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