"At its best, Canon is a splendidly rich, deep and concentrated wine, muscular and full-bodied and when mature, richly fruity, cedary and often magnificent. It remains a mystery why this wine is not better known, because Canon has certainly been one of the top three or four St-Émilions during the decade of the 1980s..."
— Robert Parker
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (90)
This elegant St-Émilion 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 colour 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.
James Suckling – Wine Spectator (94)
Loads of toasted oak on this one, with very ripe fruit character. Full bodied, and very concentrated, yet the tannins are round and creamy. Smoky finish. Exciting stuff here. Best Canon in a long, long time.
|Grape Varieties||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||Prolonged fermentation and 18- to 23-day maceration in temperature-controlled oak vats.|
|Elevage||18-20 months in oak barrels (60% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Clay and limestone|