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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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Vintage 1966

1966 est une année exceptionnelle à Bordeaux pour des vins très classiques et délicats. Cependant, l’année a commencé comme tout sauf prometteuse. Les principales précipitations qui ont commencé à la fin de juin se sont poursuivies en juillet, mais le début chaud du mois d’août a asséché le sol et le temps s’est progressivement amélioré vers l’automne, jusqu’à ce qu’il soit presque parfait pour la récolte.

Ces vins partagent un caractère vraiment classique, gracieux et de grande qualité si typique des vins de Bordeaux, ce qui les rend élégants et équilibrés. Aujourd’hui, beaucoup d’entre eux sont encore bons. S’ils sont soigneusement stockés, bon nombre des meilleurs vins peuvent encore mûrir, mais la règle empirique suivante doit être observée: buvez-les ou vendez-les immédiatement. À notre avis, c’est l’un des plus beaux millésimes que l’on puisse acheter aujourd’hui. Presque tous les vins AOC sont encore en excellent état, et les meilleurs exemples, tels que le Palmer, le Latour, le Haut-Brion, le Lafleur et le Pétrus, sont excellents. Il existe une large sélection de vins de première, deuxième et troisième crus à bon prix sur le marché. Par exemple, les Cos d’Estournel, Calon-Ségur et Lynch-Bages offrent un rapport qualité-prix exceptionnel. En règle générale, une décantation d’une heure suffit.

L’évolution des prix de ce millésime ne montre plus de mouvement significatif à la hausse – la hausse des prix au cours des dix dernières années a été d’environ 55%. La hausse des prix se poursuivra parallèlement à la maturation des meilleurs vins, peut-être jusqu’en 2010, date à laquelle tous les vins encore survivants devraient être retirés de la cave et vendus ou bu immédiatement.

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Ruby, brick rim. Spicy, coffee, dried fruits, exotic, cooked plums, iodine and bloos. Fresh acidity, few tannins, earthy, hung game, leaner, that rich taste of grouse, good length. 88

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