Château Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2017

  Château Canon

The Wertheimer family who own many luxury goods brands have invested time and devotion into Chateau Canon. John Kolasa spent two decades laying the foundations, Nicolas Audebert has added the Midas touch. The 2015 was widely touted as the wine of the vintage and the 2016 may prove to be even greater. So no pressure on the 2017 then... It is produced from 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc from the limestone clos above Ausone and Belair Monange. First we tasted barrel samples from some of the eight coopers utilized. The wines will be racked from one barrel to a different cooper’s barrel several times during elevage. From cask the wines were so vibrant and floral with notes of eucalyptus, pure blueberries and griotte. The assemblage sample by contrast was brooding and reflective, but no less impressive. Notes of smoke, cool minerals, loganberry and rosemary slowly unfurl from the glass. On the palate there is restrained power, silky smooth crème de mûre fruit coats the mouth, with hints of wild damsons and salted plums. There is a real sense of tension, salinity and freshness, which leave you yearning for another glass. This is perhaps not as seductive as the spellbinding 2015 and 2016, but it is another terrific effort from Nicolas and his team.

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.