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Château Canon




St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2020

Tasting Note:

Nicolas Audebert describes the 2020 Canon as “the taste of victory”. This is yet another in what is becoming a precession of exceptional vintages from this château perched enviably on the limestone plateau of St Emilion. A regal bouquet reveals red and blue fruits, cloves, notes of seaweed, violets and roses. Quite spectacular. Coiled and reserved yet harnessing such complexity – controlled and sophisticated. The palate continues in a similar vein; there’s no excess of flamboyance, just taut, defined, beautifully delineated fruit: cool cassis, fine minerals, such fluidity and poise, so finely textured and detailed. There’s tremendous length and power without weight or heaviness. It finishes with a graceful, salty minerality and a bright burst of fresh berries. Utterly harmonious, there’s a real sense of cohesion from start to middle to the very long and detailed finale. When we returned to this several hours later, the fruit was beginning to open up, showing a little more exuberance. There’s no doubt this is another exceptional vintage for Canon. 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc.

This is intense, structured and concentrated yet with an abundance of violet and peony notes that curl up through the tannins, combining halfway through the palate with blueberry, raspberry, tobacco, gunsmoke and sculpted, precise pulses of chalk minerality. There is just so much to talk about with this wine, but the overall impression is of dozens of carefully crafted elements that steal up on you. It's hard not to be convinced by its success - and as ever with Canon you are in no doubt as to how well it will age. Gorgeous. 50% new barrels. 3.53pH. Harvest 4 September to 23 September. 50% new oak. A yield of 40hl/ha. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points." 99/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"The 2020 Canon is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, star anise and dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and mineral sparks. An exhilarating triumph!". 98-100/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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