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Located west of Pomerol in the Canon Fronsac appellation, Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche earns the last part of its name from a former owner, Edgar Bouche. This Right Bank property was acquired by the Roux family, in 1953. In 2005, Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche was purchased by Philip Haseth Moller.
One of the first moves Moller made after purchasing the estate was to hire the team of Stephane Derenoncourt to consult on the vineyard management and wine making. In 2014, Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche was sold to La Francaise Real Estate Managers and its subsidiary LFP Grands Vignobles de France.
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking
The 12 hectare Canon Fronsac vineyard of Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche is planted to 83% Merlot , 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec . The terroir is clay and limestone soils located on the peak of the Canon Fronsac plateau. At the top of the plateau, the vineyard sits on a massive, limestone quarry. The average age of the vines at Vrai Canon Bouche is close to 25 years. The vineyard is planted to a vie density of 6,000 vines per hectare. Vrai Canon Bouche is farmed using sustainable viticulture, as one would expect in a property consulted by Stephane Derenoncourt.
A lot of effort goes into the vineyard management for Vrai Canon Bouche. The soils are worked mechanically; deleafing and crop thinning are carried out as necessary. The grapes are always harvested by hand.
To produce the wine of Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche, whole berry fermentation takes place in cement tanks with a thirty day maceration. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Vrai Canon Bouche is aged in in 50% new, French oak barrels for 12 months, with the first six months taking place on its lees. This labor intensive process includes stirring for the initial two months in barrel. It is the attention to detail in the wine making that makes Vrai Canon Bouche a contender for the best Bordeaux value wines. Vrai Canon Bouche is one of the top wines from the Canon Fronsac appellation.
There is a second wine , Le Tertre de Canon. The estate produces 2 other wines, Chateau Canon Bouche and Chateau Canon Bouche True Cuvee Emily. On average, the production of Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche is close to 2,500 cases per year. The wines of Vrai Canon Bouche are what great Bordeaux value wine is all about.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Vrai Canon Bouché Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 29409 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
Lush textures, supple tannins, sexy textures, ripe, rich, dark pit fruit and Dark in color, with loads of sweet dark fruits, jam and a plush, dense, fruit filled finish with just a touch of oak. No need to wait on this one, or age it for more complexity for a few years.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 365 Views
2014 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
Dark in color, with loads of sweet dark fruits, jam and a plush, dense, fruit filled finish with just a touch of oak in the end note. Blending 65% Merlot with 35% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol. 88-90 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1575 Views
2013 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
Blending 55% Merlot and 45% , the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The wine is aging in 50% new, French oak. With floral and dark cherry scents, the wine is round, soft and delivers a plush blast of plum and chocolate on the palate. 87-89 Pts
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 1890 Views
2012 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
Blending 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc created a wine with an earthy, black cherry nose and a fleshy, dark cherry finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2271 Views
Forward, approachable and already enjoyable to drink, with its soft, black raspberry, licorice and earthy profile.
May 16, 2015points - Tasted 2266 Views
2011 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
From a blend of 83% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and a little Malbec delivers plum, fennel and black cherries in a soft, approachable, forward style that will drink well young. 88-90 Pts
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 2312 Views
2010 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
Vrai Canon Bouche Made from a blend of 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec, this deeply colored mineral driven, licorice, plummy flavored wine is filled with sweet, plush, licorice and black cherry fruit. 88-90 Pts
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 3746 Views
2009 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
From a blend 98% Merlot and the remainder made from Malbec, this licorice, truffle, blackberry jam filled wine offers supple textures and an appealing black and red fruit finish. This is another outstanding value Bordeaux wine from 2009 made with the help of Stephane Derenoncourt and his able team.
Jul 19, 2011points - Tasted 3440 Views
2009 Vray Croix de Gay is filled with ripe plums, dark chocolate and spices, with soft, elegant textures. The only drawback is the slight dryness in the finish. Since this property now has Stephane Derenoncourt as a consultant, it’s an estate to watch. 88-90 Pts
Aug 27, 2010points - Tasted 3153 Views
2009 Vrai Canon Bouche is 98% merlot and 2% malbec. Yields in 2009 were just 20 hls/ha. The wine will be aged in 70% new oak. With soft textures, ripe berries and a kiss of oak, the wine will be popular because it will drink well the moment it’s released. 86-88 Pts
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 3065 Views
2008 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
This is a super Bordeaux value wine with its supple, fat textures and open, ripe, black cherry, licorice and chocolate character. Drink this easy going wine young.
May 7, 2014points - Tasted 2472 Views
2005 Château Vrai Canon Bouché ( Canon-Fronsac. )
From an assemblage of 90% Merlot with close to 10% Cabernet Franc, along with a dollop of Malbec, this rich, opulent, sweet, round wine delivers a boat load of licorice, plums, black cherries, espresso and spicy scents. This is already offering a lot of pleasure. For consumers thinking all Bordeaux is expensive, at $25, this is a good Bordeaux wine that will do well in blind tastings against much more expensive wines.
Oct 29, 2011points - Tasted 2854 Views