This elegant St.-Emilion has filled out nicely over the last decade. From barrel and post-bottling, I thought it might turn out austere, but that does not appear to be the case. It offers a deep ruby/purple color as well as copious aromas of black cherries, crushed rocks, and earthy undertones. While not a blockbuster, it is beautifully balanced and pure, revealing slightly more depth and richness than I expected. Drink it now and over the next 10-15 years.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
Performing better than it did last year, Canon's 2000 has put on additional weight, the tannin is sweeter, and the mid-palate is more expansive ... all positive signs. Long in the mouth and muted aromatically, it reveals notes of strawberry jam intermixed with black cherries, minerals, oak, and herbs. An attractive, medium-bodied effort with outstanding ripeness, length, and balance, it is not a blockbuster, but it is intense and well-delineated. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
|Score: 89/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002|
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003|
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, April 2001|