- Château Canon
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2020 - 2030
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, June 2021
The second wine of the great Ch Canon, now owned by Chanel. Coming from an enviably positioned parcel between Berliquet, Vieux Château Mazerat and Angélus it has St Emilion intensity and finesse in spades and for a very reasonable price. The wine is produced in the Château’s 12th century chapel and is 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc. Lacy, mineral and elegant, the 2016 is packed with crisp red fruit, liquorice and graphite. Its darker fruit profile, silky tannins and refreshing acidity give wonderful precision and structure, and while it is already drinking beautifully it will continue to finesse with age. Gorgeous.
Antonio Galloni, January 2019,
The 2016 Croix Canon is a plump, juicy wine that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring when it is released in a few years' time. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, leather and spice all run through this pleasantly hearty, rustic Saint-Émilion. I would prefer to drink it over the near and medium term.
Decanter, August 2021
The second wine of the great Château Canon, now owned by Chanel, it offers St Emilion intensity and finesse in spades at a reasonable price. With 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc, it’s racy, mineral and elegant, and packed with crisp red fruit, liquorice and graphite, which will work wonderfully with a rich cassoulet.
Château Canon is located on rich limestone soil slopes southwest of the town of St Emilion. It is known for its muscular style which when young can be quite backward and tight but with age can evolve beautifully. Now owned by Chanel, who have invested heavily, Canon is going from strength to strength.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.