Tasted at the Château Canon vertical, the 2010 Canon has developed a certain opulence in the nose since I last tasted it. A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, there is a surfeit of blackberry and blueberry fruit, a background scents of warm gravel and pressed flowers that emerge with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent core of sweet mulberry and dark plum fruit, surprisingly saline in the mouth, very well balanced with the Cabernet Franc stealing the steering wheel from the Merlot on the finish that fans out beautifully. As I mentioned in my previous note, I feel that this will shut down for several years, but it will ultimately deliver an impressive Château Canon, albeit one with a rockin' 15% alcohol. Tasted October 2015. Drink 2020 - 2045.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, March 2017|
An elegant, attractive blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare, this wine tips the scales at 15% natural alcohol which, given the more elegant style sought at Canon, tells readers a lot about how powerful the 2010 vintage was across all the appellations of Bordeaux. Exhibiting plenty of raspberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit as well as some crushed rock/chalky minerality and a floral note, this very impressive Canon is backward, structured and precise. Give it 7-8 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades.
|Score: 91+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), February 2013|
Along with the brilliant 2009, the 2010 Canon appears to be the finest wine made at this estate since the 1982. Aficionados of this 50-acre vineyard situated on the top of the St.-Emilion plateau will have fun comparing the 2009 and 2010 over the next 30 years. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that hit 15% natural alcohol (a record here), the 2010 offers up perfumed notes of spring flowers, crushed chalk, black currants, black cherries, earth, forest floor and oak. Full-bodied as well as elegant and precise, this brilliant effort needs 5-8 years of cellaring and should drink well for three decades or more.
|Score: 92/94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Canon 2010 has a very open and generous bouquet with lively raspberry and wild strawberry fruit mixed with sous-bois and truffle. The palate has a touch of piquancy on the entry, slightly shrill acidity but plenty of energy and tension on the finish. Perhaps this Saint Emilion may be beginning to shut down, but it should reward those with both a cellar and patience. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 92+||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Canon 2010 has a reticent nose despite rigorous coaxing. Yet there is certainly good definition and plenty of sharp red brambly fruits within. The palate is much more expressive. It is supremely well balanced with lovely ripe espresso-tinged black fruit and a compelling sense of harmony and focus. The finish is crisp, beautifully defined with a spicy note lingering on the aftertaste. This has great potential - but it will need time. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
Tasted at the chateau, the Canon is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc including 10% vin de presse, representing 70% of the crop. It was picked between 23th September and 6th October. It has a dark ruby colour. The nose is fairly high toned and primal with pomegranate, redcurrant and blueberry: a bouquet that is relatively "glossy" for Canon. The palate is very smooth on the entry; plush and rounded, lower acidity than I was expecting with rounded, very sweet crème de cassis, blueberry and plum on the svelte finish. I would like to see a little more backbone and dryness on the finish, a little too generous at this stage. Re-tasting the 2009, I find a little more tension and edginess on the previous offering. Drink 2013- Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Wonderful nose with strawberries, cherry blossom, and vanilla. The red opens up with blueberries, milk chocolate and sweet licorice. Full and juicy on palate with pure dark fruit and velvety tannins. So nicely layered texture and long in the finish with red fruit and crushed chalk. The texture is superb. Drink from 2018.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
Blackberries and hints of spices and fresh herbs. This is so tasty. It has wonderful round and juicy tannins, with lots of fruit yet subtle and spicy, with chocolate and light coffee. So yummy. Hard not to drink it. This is a classic style of Canon, such as 1955 or 1959. Better than 2009
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
Slightly smudgy on the nose. Thick and sweet and angular on the palate. Job done, but without enormous grace, and surely with quite a bit of oak?
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
There has been huge investment here recently in the vineyard (75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc) and chai by owners Chanel. This is a great property that made fabulous wines in the past but dipped in form during the 1990's. It is now right back up there under the management of John Kolasa of Rauzan Segla (formerly of Château Latour). An increasingly rare example of a traditional Saint Emilion from a great terroir - situated at the heart of the plateau - that is being made to be enjoyed with food rather than score points at blind tastings. A wine of elegance and class that holds its head up proudly in comparison to some of the more manufactured "modern" efforts in Saint Emilion. Elevage here is in 60% new oak and 30% of the production is relegated to the excellent second label - Clos Canon. A medium deep colour with ripe cherries and vanilla on the nose. Very fleshy, succulent, supple and rounded. Lots of concentration but great freshness & balance. This is a wine of real puritiy and elegance. Seriously sexy, an absolutely gorgeous wine!
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
The nose is full of ripe fruit rich black fruits intermingling with lighter fresher red. Sweet flavours give flesh to the mid palate this combined with rounded tannins gives lots of richness towards the back.
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
I loved the '09 and this is as good if not better. Poised and elegant with great purity of fruit. Dense but long and linear. Beautiful texture and tannins. Drink 2018-2040.
|Score: 18.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011|