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Canon 2021

Label
RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

This is a great property that made fabulous wines in the past, but dipped in form during the 1990s until the property was sold in 1996. Huge improvements and investments were then made - in vineyard and chai - by former manager John Kolasa and new owners Chanel. The château itself has recently enjoyed a substantial make-over. It is now right back up there as one of the very best of all the Saint Emilion châteaux. New director Nicolas Audebert came in from Krug via South America and had an amazing start to his career at Canon. His triumphant 100 point 2015 has been followed by a string of great vintages, yet release prices remain sensible. The vineyard is planted 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. There is also a very good second wine called Croix Canon (not sold en primeur).

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2021CanonBT10 \ 0 1201,080.001294/96 WK12012096.0094.00Canon0.7510
Bordeaux2021CanonBT621 \ 0 126540.00694/96 WK12612096.0094.00Canon0.7510
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Tasting Notes

A brilliant wine in the making, the 2021 Canon offers up aromas of cherries, wild berries, licorice, sweet soil tones, raw cocoa, Indian spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's immensely refined and seamless, with a lively spine of acidity, ripe tannins and a long, penetrating, intensely saline finish. This beautifully balanced Canon is one of the classiest, most complete wines of the Right Bank in this vintage. Tasted four times.

94/96
William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

Canon is 71% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc in 2021 with a 13.5% alcohol. Nicolas Audebert compares it to the 2001 vintage. Bright purple hue. The nose brings ripe but cool dark cherries, and blackcurrant, together with violet and red cherry blossom. The oak is toasty but savoury, matching the fruit aromas. The palate has a weightless intensity, fine chalky tannins match to bright acids and compact fruit. Everything is highly refined and there is a moreish approachability to this wine that should make it delicious from a relatively early stage. Harmonious and elegant, the tannins persist with focus and balance the fruit beautifully. There is certainly ample structure for ageing here, too. A fine Saint Emilion that Canon lovers will greatly enjoy.

93/96
Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

A wine full of finesse and class with fantastic length and polish. Medium to full body with ultra-fine tannins that run endlessly down the length of the wine. Blackberry, graphite and spice. Agile and weightless.

96/97
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 Canon is a blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc with yields of 40 hl/ha and aging for 16-18 months in French oak, 50% of it new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is slightly closed to begin, revealing subdued notes of juicy black plums and boysenberries, plus hints of Morello cherries, cinnamon stick, clove oil, and Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has a solid backbone of fine-grained tannins and bold freshness (pH 3.37) supporting the vibrant black and red fruits, finishing long and minerally.
2027-2039

90/92
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Gorgeous bright plum colour with violet reflections. The epitome of careful, precise, well-spliced winemaking. Sibling estate Berliquet has perhaps more immediate charm, because there is more power running through it, but this is just elegance and finesse personified. Red cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, slate, saffron, oyster shell, they have teased out layers of complexity that were not easy to find in the vintage, and there is length also, with pummice stone salinity scraping across the palate. It's subtle, and it's not at the heights of a 2019 Canon, but this will not be out of place in a vertical of the estate. Tasted twice. 50% new oak, 40hl/h yield, harvest September 16 to October 8. Thomas Duclos consultant.

96
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

71% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Reserved at present. Floral notes as the wine opens. Texturally very elegant, the tannins extremely polished and fine. Compact, concise. Less wow this year but clean and refreshing and enough fruit for ageing. (JL)
Drink 2028 – 2040

17
James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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