Château Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2016

  Château Canon

£710.00 for 3x150cl
1 cs
 
£725.00 for 6x75cl
1 cs
 
£720.00 for 6x75cl
1 cs
 

Chateau Canon's mantra for 2016 is 'who would have believed it?’ Indeed, after the extraordinary success of their 2015, few would have thought they would equal or surpass last year's efforts. But, Nicolas Audebert and team have only gone and done it… They were probably referring to a time in mid-June when things looked rather bleak, but the next four months turned things around. After much investment from the Wertheimer family and two decades of devotion from John Kolasa, this estate was primed to take off. When Nicolas made the move from Cheval des Andes this great estate seemed to relocate its glory days. The 2016 is produced from 74% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc from the limestone clos above Ausone and Belair Monange. Quite reserved and mineral on the nose, with coaxing comes some tayberry and floral notes. There is huge concentration on the palate with an abundance of plums, crème de cassis, stones and mulberry. This perhaps isn't as generous and instantly seductive as the sumptuous 2015, but it is wonderfully sleek, with perfectly integrated tannins, tremendous complexity, a real sense of limestone terroir and stunning tension. Underneath there is a real masculine power, but the delivery is feminine and delicate. Another really stunning Canon!

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.