"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-Emilions during the decade of the 1980s..."
— Robert Parker
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (94)
The finest Canon since the 1982, the 2009 (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc) reveals a dense blue/purple colour along with a classic nose of chalk dust, blueberries, black raspberries, black currants, and a touch of wood smoke. Medium- to full-bodied, elegant and loaded with an inner framework of minerality and moderately high tannins, this backward, but stylish, concentrated Canon will benefit from 7-8 years of cellaring and last for three decades.
Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar (92)
Not at all a bad thing. Refined, perfumed aromas of redcurrant, almond flower, incense and cinnamon. Enters the mouth light and fresh, displaying attractive red berry and mineral flavours nicely framed by sound acidity. This very well-balanced wine seems almost too easy to drink now but has excellent focus and grip, and plenty of inner-mouth energy. No doubt it will develop more complexity and depth with bottle age. Almost Burgundian in style, this is a subtle wine of real substance and nuance, made in a less showy style that is not out to grab headlines. One of the most successful Canons in a long time.
James Suckling – The Wine Spectator (95-98)
What a gorgeous nose, with sweet and delicate fruits such as sliced plums that turn to milk chocolate and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. You want to drink this right away.
|Grape Varieties||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||30 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|