Château Canon

99 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
Château Canon - 2016 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château Canon

99 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
88 points - The Wine Advocate
89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
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Composed of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in 70% new French barriques, the 2016 Canon is medium to deep garnet-purple in colour, and—WOW—it opens with the most stunning perfume of violets, red roses and kirsch, giving way to a core of black cherry preserves, chocolate box, liquorice, warm plums and Chinese five spice plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with expressive, perfumed black berry layers accented by lively red fruits and exotic spices, supported by impressively fine-grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing very long with jaw-dropping energy. Tasted three times, I had one opportunity to taste the 2015 and 2016 Canon side by side. While I love the bold, rich, seductive nature of the 2015, this 2016 kicks it up a notch in terms of polish, precision, depth, and persistence. Most notably, the superbly ripe, exquisitely fine-grained tannins on this 2016 bring to the table a whole other level of sophistication. Bravo!
The 2014 Canon has a very well-defined, precise bouquet with ebullient raspberry and wild strawberry scents infused with minerals. The aromatics here are utterly captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and very well-judged acidity. There is tension and poise to this Saint Emilion, gently fanning out with a delicate spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. Though surely destined to be over-shadowed by the extraordinary 2015, this Canon deserves a berth in your cellar.
Tasted from several bottles in recent months, the 2012 Canon is a stupendous wine for the vintage and if anything, it appears to be improving with each encounter. It clearly serves up more than enough volume and fruit intensity on the nose compared to the impressive 2011 Canon: it is very pure with black cherries, wild strawberry, asphalt and blood orange. This is very well defined and beautifully focused. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth and with that thrilling sense of frisson. There is so much vivacity wound up inside this Saint Emilion that it would not surprise me if it turns out to be one of the very best in 2012.

Château Canon is a prestigious winery located in the heart of the Saint-Émilion appellation in Bordeaux, France. Founded in 1750, the estate has been owned by the same family for over two centuries and is now run by the fifth generation of the same family. The estate is renowned for its production of high-quality red wines, made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

The estate is known for its traditional winemaking techniques, which have been passed down through the generations. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted before being fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wines are then aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months, depending on the vintage.

The wines of Château Canon are known for their intense aromas and flavours, with notes of blackberry, cassis, and spice. The wines are full-bodied and well-structured, with a long finish. The estate produces a range of wines, including a Grand Vin, a second wine, and a selection of white wines.

Château Canon is a benchmark producer in the Saint-Émilion appellation, and its wines are highly sought-after by collectors and connoisseurs alike. The estate is a testament to the centuries-old tradition of winemaking in Bordeaux, and its wines are a reflection of the region’s unique terroir. With its long history and dedication to quality, Château Canon is a winery that is sure to be enjoyed for generations to come. 

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Canon features wonderfully expressive notes of dried mulberries, stewed plums and baked black cherries with hints of mocha, bay leaves and fallen leaves. Full-bodied, opulent and super spicy, it has a plush texture with a racy line supporting the hedonic fruit, finishing with jaw-dropping persistence.
The 2005 Canon is evolving into a quite gorgeous Saint Emilion. One can still discern those brown spices infiltrating the ripe red and black fruit. There is fine minerality here, great focus, perhaps just a hint of dried blood that develops with time. The palate is medium bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It is a very complex Saint Emilion with immense purity and style, a wine that you must keep coming back to to understand. It's at that pivotal stage between primary and secondary notes, the red and black fruit being overtaken by cedar, morels, and a touch of game. It gently lifts and fans out to a quite captivating finish.
Earthy, mineral-like nuances intermixed with cranberry and cherry notes are present in this medium-bodied, superficial, but complex, charming St.-Emilion. While lacking power and richness, it offers complex aromatics and flavors in a mid-weight, delicate format. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Complex aromatics of damp earth, dried herbs, cherries, fresh mushrooms, and currants are followed by a medium-bodied, attractively made, elegant wine. With admirable complexity and a nice finish, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
This elegant St.-Emilion has filled out nicely over the last decade. From barrel and post-bottling, I thought it might turn out austere, but that does not appear to be the case. It offers a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious aromas of black cherries, crushed rocks, and earthy undertones. While not a blockbuster, it is beautifully balanced and pure, revealing slightly more depth and richness than I expected. Drink it now and over the next 10-15 years.
Type:
Red
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
Saint-Emilion
Producer:
Château Canon
Grapes/Blend:
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Pairing Sugesstions:
Lamb, Beef, Venison, Game Birds, Duck, Mushrooms

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Château Canon

Château Canon

Château Canon is a renowned wine producer located in the Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux, France. The history of this estate dates back to the 18th century when it...

Château Canon is a renowned wine producer located in the Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux, France. The history of this estate dates back to the 18th century when it was owned by the Fournier family. In 1760, Jacques Kanon, a wine merchant from Bordeaux, purchased the estate and renamed it Château Canon. The estate has since been passed down through several generations of the Kanon family.

Château Canon is known for its exceptional terroir, which is characterized by limestone and clay soils. The vineyards are planted with a blend of grape varieties, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted before being fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

The wines produced by Château Canon are known for their elegance, finesse, and complexity. They are aged in French oak barrels for up to 18 months, which imparts subtle notes of vanilla and spice to the wine. The flagship wine of the estate is the Château Canon Grand Cru Classé, which is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This wine is known for its rich, velvety texture and notes of black fruit, tobacco, and leather.

In addition to the Grand Cru Classé, Château Canon also produces a second wine called Clos Canon. This wine is made from younger vines and is aged for a shorter period of time than the Grand Cru Classé. It is a more approachable wine that is meant to be enjoyed in its youth.

Overall, Château Canon is a producer that is known for its commitment to quality and tradition. The wines produced by this estate are some of the finest examples of Bordeaux wine and are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90...
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation.

The finest (and most expensive) of these are the wines from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The former is focused (at the top level) on Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter pair on on Merlot.

The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region (Pessac-Léognan is particularly renowned) to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
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Saint-Émilion

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Saint-Émilion is a wine appellation located in the Bordeaux region of France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, with a...

Saint-Émilion is a wine appellation located in the Bordeaux region of France. It is known for producing some of the finest red wines in the world, with a history dating back to the Roman era.

The style of production in Saint-Émilion is heavily influenced by the region's unique terroir, which is characterized by limestone and clay soils. The grapes grown here are primarily Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Malbec and Petit Verdot also grown in smaller quantities.

The wines produced in Saint-Émilion are typically full-bodied and complex, with rich fruit flavors and a long, smooth finish. They are often described as having a velvety texture, with notes of blackberry, plum, and cherry, as well as hints of spice and oak.

One of the most notable features of Saint-Émilion wines is their aging potential. Many of the top wines from this appellation can be cellared for decades, developing even more complexity and depth over time.

The history of winemaking in Saint-Émilion dates back to the 8th century, when a monk named Emilion settled in the area and began producing wine. Over the centuries, the region's reputation for quality wine grew, and in 1955, Saint-Émilion was officially recognized as an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC).

Today, there are over 1,000 wine producers in Saint-Émilion, ranging from small family-owned estates to large commercial operations. Many of these producers are committed to sustainable and organic farming practices, ensuring that the region's unique terroir is preserved for future generations.

Overall, Saint-Émilion is a truly exceptional wine appellation, producing some of the finest red wines in the world. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, a bottle of Saint-Émilion is sure to impress.

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