Chateau Canon, Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France 2018
"...a range of dark fruit, mineral, floral and saline notes, but readers will have to be patient in order to enjoy the 2018 at its fullest splendor. Most importantly, I am blown away by how much precision and persistence there is given the wine's concentration and overall richness. The 2018 Canon is magnificent." Antonio Galloni
|Grape Blend||Merlot 72%, Cabernet Franc 28%|
Château Canon, which is situated at the top of Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau, is owned by Chanel and was managed by John Kolasa until recently who made great strides in improving the quality of the wine, including extensive vineyard replanting and modernisation of the winemaking facilities and, bizarrely, a shoring up of the limestone quarries and tunnels that lie beneath the vineyards and were in danger of collapse.
Recently, the outgoing John Kolasa has been replaced by Nicolas Audebert and Thomas Duclos as consultant, who are continuing to build on Kolasa's great work. The limestone caves beneath are now also open for visitors and well worth a visit; the constant temperature in the quarries is also thought to help protect the vineyard from extreme weather conditions.
A bright and energetic wine full of super ripe fruit, brilliantly integrated tannins and mineral freshness. There is a completeness and balance to this wine, which is saying this Château is back on form.
"Deep purple-black in color, it comes sashaying out of the glass with glamorous notes of cinnamon stick, baked blackberries, black cherry compote and licorice plus an undercurrent of plum preserves and smoked meats and, with coaxing, reveals a lovely floral signature of candied violets and red roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully soft-spoken, whispering of fragrant floral and earthy scents beneath a core of profound, mouth-coating black and blue fruits, draped in a high level of super ripe, plush tannins, finishing with amazing freshness and perfume with loads of mineral sparks emerging." robertparker.com
"The 2018 Canon bristles with energy, tension and explosive, vertical lift. Dark, powerful and full of personality, Canon is magnificent in 2018. Time in the glass brings out a range of dark fruit, mineral, floral and saline notes, but readers will have to be patient in order to enjoy the 2018 at its fullest splendor. Most importantly, I am blown away by how much precision and persistence there is given the wine's concentration and overall richness. The 2018 Canon is magnificent." Antonio Galloni