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  • Country ranking ?

    658
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    From 2020

The Story

With 30% of Cabernet Franc, Château Canon’s planting is characteristic of Saint-Emilion. The limestone soil reveals the full character of Cabernet Franc, which is a perfect complement to Merlot. The two varieties have long been used together. Cabernet Franc brings freshness, delicacy and structure to Château Canon wines. It makes subtle wines with fine acidity. It gives them great aromatic persistence with varied and complex smoky, roasted and mineral notes

The Merlot grape variety reigns supreme in Saint-Emilion. Its name comes from the local patois and means petite merle (small blackbird) because of its dark colour similar to that of the bird. Restructuring Château Canon’s vineyard has made it possible to plant it 65% to Merlot, bringing it in line with the estate’s original planting scheme. Their wide, dark green leaves are highly indented. They provide shelter for large, long, open clusters of grapes. The small, round grapes are bluish black when ripe and their juicy flesh is particularly sweet. Although hardy, Merlot vines are sensitive to spring frost as they develop early. They thrive in this clay and limestone soil which stays cool even in summer. These engaging Merlots are smooth on the palate, mellow and supple; they have presence and offer roundness in the mouth. Their aromatic complexity is characterised by aromas of red and dark summer fruit. On aging they develop woody and spicy notes. These subtle and refined Merlots with delicate, silky tannins bring smoothness and charm to Château Canon.

 

 

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11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Cherry Red

ending

Medium and Spicy

flavors

Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Vanilla, Plum and Cedar

nose

Intense

taste

Average in Acidity, Full, Silky, Perfumed and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Full-bodied and Impressive

Written Notes

Dark purple red with violet hue. Excellent nose with aroma reminiscent of plums and cherries, dark chocolate, gingerbread spices, elegant toasting aroma in the background. On the palate well structured with elegant character, ripe but firm tannins, restrained fruit and mild spices. A wine with elegance and complexity as well as excellent length. A very save value. 95

  • 95p

Tasted in September 2016. Much more focused and precise wine in this vintage than I remember coming from this property. New manager oversaw harvest 2015 and it seems hes made many wise decisions. Great sweetnes and ripeness here, silky fruit and tannin, richness, racy and stylish. Best Canon since 1982 imho.

  • 96p
Deep colour. Beautiful black cherry, plum herb aromas with praline notes. Lovely sIinky black cherry plum flavours, fine graphite, slinky textures, mid-palate richness and generosity. savoury oak notes and mineral length. Lovely balance , strength and texture with superb fruit density and suppleness. Superb energy and drive. Still elemental but balanced for the long term. 98 points.
  • 98p
Canon Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe - 72% Merlot 28% Cabernet Franc Lovely deep colour, perfumed nose, smoky, inky, layered, great mouthfeel, overtly unctuous, very nice balance, very nice all round feeling, lots of dusty tannins, on the finish, very fine with great length. This is lush, but it will live long too, fine balance. This Chateau is back on form, last year was a great success too. 95-98/100 2028-2050
  • 96p

Information

Origin

S.Emilion, St. Emilion

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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