2020 - Ch Canon 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Canon
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2055
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH CANON 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Canon
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2055
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £576.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2020 Canon nailed it this year, the best since the benchmark 2015/2016 vintages. It has one of those bouquets that stops the clock thanks to its breathtaking delineation and focus, fragrant black cherries, bilberry, shucked oyster shell and crushed rock aromas. It is cool, calm and collected. The palate possesses exquisite definition, armed with simply crystalline red fruit matched with a perfect silver bead of acidity. There is tangible tension from the start and it fans out gloriously toward the pixelated finish. This brilliant Canon should offer 20–30 years of drinking pleasure, probably more. Chapeau! Drink 2026 - 2055

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 99

    This is intense, structured and concentrated yet with an abundance of violet and peony notes that curl up through the tannins, combining halfway through the palate with blueberry, raspberry, tobacco, gunsmoke and sculpted, precise pulses of chalk minerality. There is just so much to talk about with this wine, but the overall impression is of dozens of carefully crafted elements that steal up on you. It's hard not to be convinced by its success - and as ever with Canon you are in no doubt as to how well it will age. Gorgeous. 50% new barrels. 3.53pH. Harvest 4 September to 23 September. 50% new oak. A yield of 40hl/ha. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. 98-100. Drink 2027-2050 (JA)

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Canon is a gorgeous, sophisticated wine. Silky and soaring, Canon is vertical in build, with a real sense of explosive energy that give the wine its shape. Rose petal, lavender, mint, spice and ripe red/purplish berry fruit all meld together effortlessly. The 2020 is an especially airy, understated Canon. I can't wait to see how it ages. Drink 2035 - 2060

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 97-98

    A strong and intense wine brimming with morello cherry and dark fruits scent. Superb balance between the richly layers of black berries, a touch of coffee bean and fresh tobacco and a lovely vibrant purity derived from the limestone plateau. This is a wine with real presence and extraordinary promise and the length of flavour on the finish is symptomatic of its overall class. Outstanding.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 98-100

    Aromatically, this is off the hook with flowers, black, red and blue fruits, licorice, black raspberry, forest leaf, wild cherries and crushed rocks. With polished silk and velvet textures, the wine balances weight, depth, energy and concentration. The layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh, red and black fruits keep on coming. On the palate the wine is both concentrated and weightless, making this is far too easy to drink. The seamless finish delivers length and purity that goes on for more than 60 seconds. This is as good as the famous 2015, and by the time it is in bottle, it could be even better. The wine blends 68% Merlot with 32% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV pH 3.53 98-100

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    Refined and discreet. Delicately perfumed, berry-fruit aromas. Gentle attack then builds and persists, the tannins so fine as to be inconspicuous. No exaggeration but a depth and presence that reflects the potential. (JL) Drink 2028 – 2045

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2020 Château Canon is another brilliant wine in a long line of brilliant wines from this incredible team and consistent estate. Coming from the upper plateau (unquestionably one of the finest terroirs on the upper plateau) and 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, it offers a perfumed, ethereal nose of red and blue fruits, violets, white flowers, and unsmoked tobacco. With riveting purity, full-bodied richness, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it’s going to push the upper limits of my scale. The tannins here are incredible as well, and this beauty should drink well for 20-30 years. Hats off to technical director Nicolas Audebert and his team for another insanely good wine.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 18.5

    In common with a handful of other elite Saint-Émilions in 2020, Canon manages to seamlessly combine lusty fruit intensity with piercingly bright freshness on the palate and this makes it a wonderfully rewarding wine. The nose is voluminous, layered and open and the palate starts in the same vein with deep, red berry fruit cut with flashes of darker more malevolent flavours. As the palate progresses it slowly closes down to a final flourish of fit tannins and keen acidity and it is this jolt of freshness that allows the luxurious notes which precede it to gain perfect balance. This is an expansive and delicious wine and I do not doubt that it will drink early in its life, but given that the tannins are so refined and active this vintage will mellow over two or three decades if it is given the chance. This is my highest Canon score to date and it is definitely a wine to watch in 2020.

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Producer

Château Canon

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.

Region

St Emilion

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.