|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
Like Canon itself this just a complete joy. Extreme sophistication and deliciousness - bright and pure and unctuously fat but not big - delicately poised, silky fine and fresh. Gorgeous. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 92+ L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Croix Canon is a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc this year and matured in 25% new oak. It has a very precise bouquet with blackcurrant, touches of blueberry and subtle mineral aromas, gaining intensity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very tensile in the mouth with touches of graphite and tobacco, seguing into a supple and refined finish. It seems very approachable at this stage, but even as a Deuxième Vin, I can see this aging nicely over a decade, possibly more. Drink by 2020-2030 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2017)
The 2016 Croix Canon is a dark, voluptuous wine. The heat of the vintage comes through in the ripe, slightly roasted flavor profile. Croix Canon emerges mostly from a single parcel that is dedicated to the wine, along with some barrels that do not go into the Grand Vin. The 2016 is a solid wine that performs in line with the vintage at this level, but without overachieving. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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