Canon's terroir on the limestone plateau to the west of St Emilion has never been in doubt. John Kolasa has worked tirelessly to improve the health of the vines and rediscover the Canon's glory days. The 2009 and 2010 hinted at what this estate is capable of. 2015 confirms that this is now one of St Emilions leading wines. The new technical director, Nicolas Audebert, formally of Cheval des Andes has had a dream start to his tenure. The 2015 Canon is such an assured wine, brimming with energetic dark perfumed fruit, hints of graphite, violets and sandalwood. There is wonderful purity to the dark sultry fruits: luminous, polished, sweet, vital; it is utterly engaging. Dark chocolaty mulberry flavours are interspersed with high toned cranberry notes, complemented by the wonderfully sleek, pure cassis coated tannins. A tremendous Canon! Produced from 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.
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.
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.