Château Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2018

  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. Since his arrival he has overseen three exceptional vintages of Canon. 2018 is a continuation of form, but the wine takes on a slightly different persona in this vintage of 'contrast'. Produced from a 24 hectare clos on the limestone plateau above Ausone and Belair Monange, we first 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 élevage. From cask the wines were so vibrant, polished and alive, full of energy. The assemblage sample certainly appeared more brooding and and dark fruited. This feels technical and serious with a deeply mineral, graphite infused palate of dark fruit, notes of cigar tobacco and flowers. Smoke, cool minerals, loganberry and rosemary slowly unfurl from the glass. This is very intense and long with a dense tannic weave; a serious, sleek mineral wine with underlying power and authority. It is so different from the seductive and voluptuous 2015 and the perfectly poised 2016, but this is no less intriguing. If it adds some sweetness and flesh during élevage this will be a very grand 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.