|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||1er Grand Cru Classé|
Only 56% of the production made it into the 2013 Canon, which is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits a dark ruby hue along with crunchy, chalky minerality, berry and cherry fruit, medium body and a very charming but superficial style, no doubt due to the vintage conditions. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 2014-2022 Rating: 87-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
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Bright ruby-red. Cabernet franc-dominated aromas of floral strawberry, spearmint and vanilla. Juicy and politely styled, showing an attractive balance of fruit and acidity. The finish is precise and persistent, but the red berry and floral flavors are kept under wraps by assertive, mounting tannins. Rating: 87-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Earthy, blunt and not very charming. Blocky and granity, the fruit is masked by the oak and extraction. None of the pretty elements of the grapes have emerged but it is compact and might blossom one day. Rating: 16+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)
Cherry and plum, luxurious violet and pepper scent. Attractive layering of flavour and high tannins that don’t seem too ambitious given the good concentration on the mid palate. Good length too. Has a lovely sense of traditional structure with generous, sweet fruit and plenty of development to come. (RH) Drink 2019-2026. Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)
Fresh, brambly nose. Dark and red fruit with a leafy note. Mid-palate is smooth and sweet. Firmness and length on the finish. Drink: 2019-2030. Rating: 17 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2014)
The 2013 is the first vintage in a long time with a high percentage of Cabernet Franc: a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The vines were de-leafed on one side in July and the second side in September to achieve ripeness. It was picked from 1 October until 10 October and sees 70% new oak. There is a subtle marine influence on the nose with touches of marmalade and seaweed infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This feels plush in the mouth with an attractive spicy, confit finish. This is a finely tuned, elegant Canon in the making. Nothing new there Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)
A delicate, refined young red with a seductive, fresh character. Medium to full body with lovely subtle tangerine peel and a very fine, silky texture. Bright acidity. Elegant. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)
Atop the limestone plateau of St Emilion, and just west of the village, is Château Canon. Originally named Clos St Martin, the vineyard was bought by privateer and naval man Jacques Kanon in 1760. He expanded the vineyard beyond the original clos walls and built the château, but sold up after 10 years of tenure to the Fontémoing family. At some point, they also owned Château Canon in Fronsac which may account for the current name for the St Emilion estate, but it is more likely named for the dashing Jacques Kanon – either way, the owners of the Fronsac estate were not best pleased when Clos St Martin morphed into Château Canon in 1853. For most of the 20th Century, Château Canon was owned by the Fournier family but their tenure was one of gradual and sad decline. In 1996, they sold up to Alain and Gerard Wertheimer who had not long purchased Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux. Fortunately, the Wertheimers, owners of Chanel, had the wherewithal to attend to Canon’s many problems. A long term programme of complete replanting of the vineyards was started and the winery was completely renewed. The vineyard area has been expanded by the purchase of a couple of near-by plots. The, now, 34ha are planted with 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Opinions on Château Canon’s wines can be mixed, although tasters views may be tainted by memories of disappointing wines from the recent past. There is little denying that quality has improved considerably under the Wertheimers. In the 1996 St Emilion classification, Château Canon was granted Premier Grand Cru Classé (B) status, something re-affirmed by the 2006 and 2012 revisions. The second wine of Château Canon, first produced in 2000, was Clos Canon but will be known as Croix Canon from the 2011 vintage.
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