Château Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2011

  Château Canon

The team of John Kolasa, Stephane Bonnasse and Gilles Pauquet are doing a fine job at Chateau Canon. This along with Rauzan Segla is the jewel in the Chanel wine portfolio and they are elevating the reputation of this fine terroir on the clay-limestone plateau back to where it ought to be. Planted with 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this south-south-westerly exposure is capable of producing truly exceptional wines. The philosophy here is not to extract too hard and they use only 50% new oak barrels, so the fruit tends to transcend any vanilla and new oak aromas. This sample, tasted at Ulysse Cazabonne displayed a delicately perfumed bouquet, a wonderful and powerful mid palate of polished fruit, with great texture, well crafted tannins and bright acidity. Deliciously moreish.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Canon

Canon is a 1er grand cru classé, located in the appellation of St Emilion.The origins of Chateau Canon can be traced back to the early 18th century when Jean Biès planted vines around the church of Saint-Martin. Canon is planted on limestone based soils, situated south-west of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau with Chateau Magdelaine lying to the south and Chateau Clos-Fourtet to the north. It was acquired by Chanel in 1996 from Eric Fournier who had run the property since 1972. After the change of ownership and re-vamping of the cellars, Canon has successfully started to regain its former glories.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.