The 2015 Canon is going to be a benchmark for this historic estate. A blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, it was cropped at 42 hl/ha between 14-25 September and 30 September until 2 October respectively. The alcohol level is an average 14.5% with a pH 3.78, matured for 18 months in 70% new barrels (except for one barrel of Cabernet Franc that they will bottle separately - just to see). Lucid in color, it has an intense bouquet that exudes extraordinary purity with scents of raspberry, wild strawberry, limestone and violets. It makes a huge impression. The palate is medium-bodied and multilayered with vivacious red and black fruit infused with minerals. The acidity lends the tension here from start to finish, but what this Canon possesses unlike the dozens of other vintages that I have tasted, is an overarching structure that will see it age in similar fashion to past classics such as the 1929, 1947 and 1964. It lingers very long in the mouth, the oak just surfacing a little on the aftertaste, although that will be subsumed with time. This estate has been in the ascendant in recent vintages under winemaker John Kolasa and now Nicolas Audebert, together with a benevolent growing season, has elevated Canon to a level that few could have predicted. Drink: 2025 - 2060
|Score: 98/100||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
This is the greatest red ever produced here, even better than the great wines of the 1950s and 1960s. Full body yet tight and reserved. Superbly refined tannins. Yet rich and flamboyant. Fruity yet salty and minerally. Electric finish. Stone and chalk undertones. A wonder of a young wine.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Canon is one of the undisputed stars of the vintage. An utterly mesmerizing wine, Canon has it all; alluring aromatics; towering structure, fabulous depth, and exceptional balance. The aromas and flavors are remarkably nuanced for such a big wine. Waves of graphite, exotic spices, smoke, herb, licorice, violets and crème de cassis appear at every angle as this utterly profound Saint-Émilion shows off its pedigree. So far I have tasted the 2015 four times. It has never been anything less than sensational. Quite simply, Canon is one of the few truly must-have wines of 2015. It is every bit that memorable.
|Score: 96/98||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Ripe fruit on the nose the start of the palate is sweet with depth of fruit in the middle. The velvety richness is balanced by bilberry and bramble freshness but it fills out at back opulent and rich yet the finish has a mineral edge. 2022-35
|Score: 92/95||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Sample 1, from a new Taransaud barrique: Very dark crimson. Very complete and juicy on the nose. Very rich and glorious! Luscious and spicy. Deep and rich. Quite savoury and structured. Very fine and tight. Dry finish. Not as much fun to taste in isolation. Doubtless a useful ingredient. Slightly drying end.
Sample 2, from a new St Martin barrique: Very dark crimson. Very sweet and floral on the nose. Ripe and round. Lots to enjoy here! Real lift and very sophisticated. So long!
Sample 3: And finally an official sample at the château: strong hint of iodine on the nose. Very luscious and supple at first and then with massive velvety tannins and almost dried-fruit sweetness and concentration. Bravo!
|Score: 17.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
There has been huge investment here recently in the vineyard (which is planted 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc) and chai by owners Chanel. The Chateau itself has recently enjoyed a substantial make-over. 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 as one of the very best of all the Saint Emilion Chateaux. New director Nicolas Audebert has come in from Krug via South America. The 2015 blend is 72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple colour. Violets, blueberries and cherries on this incredibly lifted and aromatic notes. The palate is fresh with acidity but intense with incredibly vibrant blue and black fruits. The tannins are silky smooth and very refined, drawing out a graphite mineral edge which balances superbly with the sweet vanilla and lightly smoky notes from the new oak. This has a long and well-defined, elegant finish. A really superb wine again this year, which defines the balanced, lifted style of St Emilion that we love at Farr Vintners.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
With some herb and spice notes overlaying a lush but not forced core this is a calm wine with some latent power and
deep, dark depth. The oak is under control and the fruit is incredibly focussed, resulting in a long-lived style which shuns
the flamboyance of many and remains true to its terroir.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|