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Chateau Canon History, Overview
Chateau Canon, located on the top of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau, in view of the village started out life as a part of the Clos St. Martin vineyard in the 1700’s. In 1760, when the St. Emilion vineyard was much smaller than it is today at 13 hectares, it was purchased by Jacques Kanon. Kanon was an interesting character who earned his fortune as a privateer. Privateer was societies polite way of saying pirate in those days.
Jacques Kanon expanded the vineyard and estate, bringing it much closer in size to what we have today at Chateau Canon. Kanon also ordered the construction of the original chateau, which was completed in 1767. Kanon sold the estate to Raymond Fontemoing, a Bordeaux wine merchant, after owning the property for about a decade.
There seem to be conflicting theories as to where Chateau Canon took its name. Logically, it would appear that Canon is a phonetic spelling of Kanon. But the Fontemoing family, who just purchased the estate already owned a property in Fronsac named Chateau Canon when they bought their St. Emilion vineyards. It’s reasonable to assume they wanted to expand their brand name, and began selling both of their wines under the same name of Chateau Canon.
Either way, by 1770, the wines of what we know of today as Chateau Canon had become an established St. Emilion wine. In 1853, the great-grand-daughter of Raymond Fontemoing officially changed the name of the property to Chateau Canon.
The Fontemoing family retained their vineyard through 1857, when it went through being sold and resold multiple times until 1919. That year, Gabriel Supau bought Chateau Canon as a gift for his daughter and her husband Andre Fournier. The Fournier family invested a lot of money and time in modernizing as well as renovating the estate and its vineyards. Chateau Canon remained within their control until 1996. In that year, Chateau Canon was sold to Alain Wertheimer and Gerard Wertheimer, the owners of the famous luxury goods manufacturer Chanel.
Chateau Canon was managed by John Kolasa who also oversaw the Chanel groups other Bordeaux property located in the Margaux appellation, Chateau Rauzan Segla, as well as their large, negociant company, Ulysse Cazabonne until 2015. Much of the progress in the wines, vineyard and cellars of Chateau Canon was due to multiple decades of intensive work and effort from the team of Chateau Canon, which was headed by John Kolasa. Of course, that was coupled with a spare no expense attitude to make the best wine possible as well.
After the Wertheimer brothers purchased Chateau Canon, the first order of business was to replant much of the vineyard, which had fallen into poor conditions. The majority of the vineyard needed replanting. The state of dilapidation was due to disease, negligence and a lack of funds. Because the vineyard continues to be replanted in various stages, the replanting work in the vineyards of Chateau Canon is still continuing today. There were issues underneath the vineyards as well. The underground, limestone quarries and tunnels were in urgent need of shoring up, as there was a serious danger of a collapse. The entire range of wine making facilities, vat rooms and cellars were completely replaced and modernized as well.
In 2012, the chateau began an extensive renovation, which was completed in 2015. In 2014, Nicolas Audebert, the former winemaker at Cheval des Andes, the LVMH property in Mendoza Argentina, was hired to slowly replace the outgoing John Kolasa. Once Nicolas Audebert was placed fully in charge, another change took place later that year when they brought in Thomas Duclos as their consultant.
Now that they are once again safe, the caves of Chateau Canon are one of the best sites available for wine lovers in the St. Emilion area to visit and explore. People and builders began extracting the stone about a thousand years ago to build much of Saint Emilion, Libourne and the villages around Bordeaux. And yes, that includes many of the famous chateaux in the appellation as well. It’s truly an amazing sight.
The limestone situated underneath Chateau Canon is easy to cut. But once it’s outside in contact with air, the stone becomes incredibly hard and dense. It becomes almost impenetrably solid. That is why the limestone makes for great building materials. In the 1860’s, the quarries were ordered closed due to excessive pilfering of the natural stone. In the 1950’s, some of the caves were used to grow mushrooms. The caves are massive and allow visitors to walk from chateau to chateau. From Canon you can walk to Beau-Sejour Becot or Clos Fourtet. Gates are all that separates the different estates. The constant temperature of the quarries helps protect the Bordeaux wine vineyard from extreme weather conditions. During winter, the warm temperatures help the vines avoid frost. During summer, they get the freshness they need.
Chateau Canon Character and Style
Chateau Canon is a stylish Bordeaux wine. With a real sensation of minerality, ripe dark berries, licorice and spicy scents, coupled with an opulent personality, it’s a wine for consumers with patience. That is because Chateau Canon often takes at least 10-15 or more years before it’s open and ready to drink. Buyers of Chateau Canon not be not expecting immediate gratification. They should be willing wait for the complexities that come with age.
The best vintages of Chateau Canon are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1989, 1982, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1950, 1947 and 1945. Chateau Canon is one of the longest lived wines in St. Emilion, so older vintages could be worth looking into. While there have been numerous great vintages made at Chateau Canon over the years, 2015 Canon is clearly the best wine ever produced in the history of the property. In fact, in a vintage that is famous for the wines of the Right Bank, 2015 Canon is a contender for wine of the vintage. The team of Nicolas Audebert really did a great job!
Chateau Canon Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Chateau Canon owns 34 hectares of vines. 24 of those hectares are classified as First Growth terroir and are used to produce Chateau Canon. The vineyard of Chateau Canon is located in the heart of the St. Emilion, on the top of the limestone plateau. The terroir is clay and limestone soils. Their best parcels are close to the chateau, near the cemetery and in front of the chateau, with views of the St. Emilion village. However, they also have vines further west, as you head to Libourne and on the other side of the slopes, not far from Chateau Quintus. They also have vines on the slopes, close to Chateau Angelus.
The vineyard of Chateau Canon is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. This shows a marked increase in the amount of Cabernet Franc in the vines. There has been a slow, on-going program to add more Cabernet Franc to the vineyard, which took over 15 years. And it is still ongoing! The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 5,500 to 6,500 vines per hectare. The newer plantings are all at the higher levels of density.
Due to the excessive amount or replanting needed when the estate was purchased in 1996, the vines are just now obtaining the age required to produce the level of high quality wine Chateau Canon is capable of making. The average age of the vines is now close to 30 years of age. There are old vines, some of which date back to the end of the 1930’s. But a lot of the vines are still young and just coming into their own. As those vines continue aging, you can count on better vintages from Chateau Canon in the years to come. The estate recently augmented the size of their vineyards with the purchase of Chateau Matras and prior to that, Chateau Cure Bon. Although the majority of those vines are being used to produce Croix Canon, or were sold other growers. In total, 3.5 hectares of Cure Bon were awarded First Growth status, and in record time, which is incredible, considering how slow the INAO is.
Chateau Canon Winemaking
To produce the wine of Chateau Canon, fermentation takes place in temperatures ranging from 28 – 32 degrees Celsius in double walled, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Chateau Canon uses 24 vats ranging in size from 56 hectoliters to 98 hectoliters. This range of vat sizes allows the estate to vinify the wines on a parcel by parcel basis. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel vats and French oak barrels. The wine is aged for an average of 18 months in 50% new, French oak barrels.
There is a second wine, Croix Canon. Starting with the 2012 vintage, the previous name for the second wine, Clos Canon was changed to Croix Canon. On average, the annual production of Chateau Canon now hovers at close to 6,000 cases per vintage. The production can vary up, or down, depending on the quality of the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Canon with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Canon 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 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Canon is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Canon is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Canon Wine Tasting Notes
29 Vintages 171226 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Inkjet black purple in color, you have depth, length and concentration. There is a waterfall of flawlessly ripe fruit and a quarry of crushed rocks with licorice and flowers. This is a wealthy wine, infused with lushness, opulence, density and intensity. The finish lingers, owing to the layers of ripe fruit and glycerin. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.6.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 3650 Views
2015 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Still on the right road to triple digit stardom, this debut vintage under the direction of Nicolas Audebert rocks! The wine is firming up a bit, adding more structure and nuances, while maintaining the wall of perfectly ripe fruit, sexy textures and polished tannins. Early buyers that took our advice on this one are sitting on liquid gold!
Jul 12, 2017points - Tasted 3338 Views
The first vintage under the direction of Nicolas Audebert is a knockout! The color is dark and the nose complex. Its floral, stone, boysenberry and blackberry liqueur profile commands your attention. On the palate, this wine is dense, thick, concentrated and focused on layers of fat, sweet, velvet-wrapped fruits. There is an astonishing level of density coupled with length, minerality and purity of fruit in this wine. It’s made with such a high level of artisanship and style, it’s hard not to want to drink it right now! The best way to sum up this wine: it’s an intellectual, sex bomb! Angelina Jolie meets Madame Curie. Made from a blend of 73% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc. 98-100 Pts
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 7689 Views
2014 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
On the fresh, bright, mineral driven side of the style range, with a floral, crushed rock, fennel and cherry core of fruit and spice. Give this at least 5-7 years to come together.
Feb 5, 2017points - Tasted 3106 Views
Black cherry, licorice, tobacco, crushed stone and wet earth on the nose, this wine has a fresh, silky, soft, sweet, red berry center, finishing with freshness and lively, ripe cherries. Blended with 72% Merlot with 28% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.7 and is aging in 70% new, French oak barrels. 91-93 Pts
Apr 27, 2015points - Tasted 3551 Views
2013 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Fresh, bright, mineral driven and filled with plums, flowers, cherries and a hint of oak, the wine is medium bodied, stony and focused. Showing much better from the bottle than it did in barrel, with a few years of age, this could be even better.
Feb 18, 2016points - Tasted 1196 Views
With a hint of oak, flowers and dark cherries, the wine is medium bodied, sweet, soft and forward in style with a light, fresh red berry and spice finish. Using 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc for the blend, the wine reached 13% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 53.6% of the production. The wine is aging in 70% new, french oak. 89-91 Pts
Apr 28, 2014points - Tasted 1106 Views
2013 Croix Canon ( St. Émilion)
With light, fresh red fruits and spice, this easy-to-drink wine is perfect for restaurants. 85-88 Pts
Apr 28, 2014points - Tasted 960 Views
2012 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Crushed stone, espresso, truffle and roasted plum create the already complex aromas. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium/full bodied with a sweet, spicy, elegant, finesse styled, soft, black cherry and thyme finish.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 2431 Views
Earth, stone, fresh red berries, medium-bodied, soft and fresh, this is a forward style for Canon, making it one of the vintages tasters can enjoy young. 90-92 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 3186 Views
2011 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Tight, the wine needed coaxing to bring out its mineral driven, black raspberry, plum, dark cherry and oak nose. The fruit is bright, fresh, deep and dominated by spicy, ripe red berries and kirsch in the long finish.
Feb 20, 2014points - Tasted 3720 Views
Blending 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.55% alcohol and will be aged in 70% new oak. The Merlot was harvested starting September 7, for the young vines and September 13 for the old vines, ending September16. Cabernet Franc was picked September 16 -17. Floral, stone, cherry blossom, black raspberry and kirsch create the complex aromatics. Silky, soft and fresh, the precise finish ends with round, sweet, pure red berries and minerality. 92-93 Pts
Apr 24, 2012points - Tasted 1850 Views
2010 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Canon is never the ripest or richest wine, instead it offers a finesse style, with ripe, fresh fruits coupled with a sense of purity, intense minerality and the structure to age and develop for decades. As the vineyard continues to age, I expect the future vintages of Chateau Canon will be even better in the years to come.
May 7, 2013points - Tasted 3438 Views
Minerality, licorice, toffee, red and black plums, blueberries, truffle and spice box aromas. This is the darkest color I have ever seen in a young vintage of Canon. It's also the ripes I;ve ever tasted. as well as the most alcoholic. But there is no sensation of heat, even though this is 15% alcohol by volume. With layers of concentrated ripe fruit, opulent textures and structure to age, this beautiful St. Emilion ends with a big mouthful of fresh, juicy, ripe, black raspberries, jam, licorice and black cherries. Like all great vintages of Canon, this will require at least a decade or more before it opens and starts to express its personality. 94-95 Pts
Aug 3, 2011points - Tasted 2982 Views
From a blend of 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, (which is the same mix as found in the vineyards,) the wine is deep ruby in color and reached 14.8% alcohol. Yet, there is no sensation of heat. People who prefer tasting by the numbers could have problems with this wine, but I loved it! An intoxicating perfume filled with minerality, licorice, black raspberry jam, hints of oak and chocolate, this is the richest, most concentrated wine produced by the Kolasa team yet. Thick, intense and filled with fresh, perfectly ripe plums, blackberries and licorice, the wine feels great as it falls over your palate and coats your mouth. 94-96 Pts.
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 2855 Views
2009 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Minerality is the first thing you notice, fresh black raspberry, plum, anise, coffee and cherry notes add to the complexity. From a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine combines ripe flavors, concentration, freshness, structure and balance to create a St. Emilion that demands at least a decade, if not 15 years to full open up.
Feb 10, 2012points - Tasted 3934 Views
Never the darkest wine from St. Emilion, the wine offers oak, flowers, plums, licorice, stone, cherries and pipe tobacco aromas. From a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers rich textures and layers of sweet, ripe, spicy black and red fruits. This is a wine to lay down for at least a decade.
Aug 3, 2011points - Tasted 3560 Views
2009 Canon is a dark ruby offering whose mineral, floral, dark raspberry, spice, and licorice aromatics pair well with a mouthful of intense, silky, sweet berries. The wine has purity and freshness, and finishes with flavors of plums, spice, and licorice. Canon now includes some fruit from the replanting done in 1998. New plantings are of cabernet franc vines. The vineyards are currently 25% cabernet franc. Over time they will increase to 35%. 93-95 Pts
Jun 28, 2010points - Tasted 3835 Views
2008 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Minerality, flowers, cherry, blackberry, floral scents and a kiss of oak are found in the perfume. This elegant wine is filled with fresh red and black fruit. Canon generally speaking, is not a wine produced to be drunk young. The 2008 might prove to be an exception to the rule.
Jan 25, 2011points - Tasted 4335 Views
2008 Canon offers a mineral driven perfume that is complicated with black fruit, plums, anise, coca and plums. With ample round tannins and elegant textures, this wine is built to age. The finish ends with black raspberry and fresh dark cherry flavors. 93 Pts
Jul 18, 2010points - Tasted 4593 Views
2006 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Medium bodied, firm, refined and youthful, the wine is fresh, mineral driven and displays a floral, sweet cherry and plum character. Give this another 5-7 years for more development and softer tannins.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 3670 Views
2005 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Young, fresh, vibrant and developing better than expected, the floral, earth, sweet cherry, licorice, crushed rock and spice characteristics are starting to really shine. Soft, silky, but on the crisp, fresh side, give this another 5 years for further development and softening.
May 14, 2016points - Tasted 2562 Views
From 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is starting to show some lightening in the color. Truffle, cherry blossoms, tobacco and forest scents are already peeking through the cloak of sleep. Elegant and refined on the palate, the wine is soft, round and shows fresh red fruits, spice and stone in the finish. Still young, this will be even better in 10 years.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 3526 Views
With their 05, they announced they want to begin producing wines like they did in 82 and 89. Elegant, silky, good levels of richness and a slightly tannic spine with a good touch of minerals make this wine interesting to taste.
Jan 20, 2008points - Tasted 5010 Views
2004 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Crisp red and black plums, tobacco, earth and stone aromas create the perfume. Medium bodied, very fresh, bright and perhaps a bit too lively on the palate, with its focus on strawberries, red plum and tart cherry notes.
Nov 30, 2014points - Tasted 2702 Views
It took a few hours to open and allow the licorice truffle, mint, cassis earth and plum scents to develop. There is a sense of harshness in the tannins that leaves you a little dry in the bright, spicy, black cherry finish. It's still young, so give it another 5 years.
Sep 5, 2012points - Tasted 4890 Views
2003 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Medium bodied, with a jammy, earthy, red fruit nose, the wine is soft, bright and ready to drink.
Dec 18, 2013points - Tasted 3512 Views
2002 Clos Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Earth, cherry and tobacco scents lead to a medium bodied, light, red fruit finish. This is fully mature and should be drunk up.
Feb 21, 2012points - Tasted 1369 Views
2001 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
2001 Canon opens with chocoalte, black raspberry, coffee, licorice, smoke and minerality. Medium to full bodied, this silky, soft textured wine ends with fresh black raspberry flavors.
Nov 1, 2010points - Tasted 2650 Views
2000 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Slowly starting to come around. At this stage, it's slightly more interesting on the nose, with its floral, stone, fresh cherry, earth and black raspberries than on the palate. Medium/full bodied, elegant and refined, with the ability age and improve, the wine offers a fresh, delicate, pure plum and cherry profile.
May 24, 2014points - Tasted 3288 Views
1998 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Medium bodied, fresh, bright and vibrant, with a nose packed with flowers, sweet cherries, plum, earth and thyme, silky tannins and a fruit filled finish that leaves with ample, ripe, black raspberries and cherries.
Dec 30, 2015points - Tasted 2518 Views
1989 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Intense minerality is the first thing you sense, followed by fresh black cherry, floral, spice and earthy aromatics. Elegant and regal in style, this traditional wine is still young and retains a lot of freshness. The wine ends with long notes of fresh ripe wild strawberry, black cherry and dark raspberries. As good as it is, this will improve for at least another 10-15 more years.
Jul 9, 2010points - Tasted 4203 Views
Deep ruby in color. The enjoyable nose expresses spice, herbs, truffles, and licorice, along with hints of plum. Very sexy in the mouth, this tasty treat spills ripe, black cherries all over your mouth in the long, enjoyable finish.
Jun 20, 2009points - Tasted 4166 Views
Lush dark, red fruits, stone and herbs make a beautiful perfume. This plush, opulent, silky wine could use more concentration to make it really rock. Regardless, it's a treat to taste.
May 5, 2009points - Tasted 4206 Views
1985 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Fully mature, with a floral, cherry, black raspberry, tobacco and earthy nose, the wine is medium bodied, elegant, fresh and ends with sweet, ripe, earthy, red berries in the finish.
Jan 22, 2016points - Tasted 2412 Views
1982 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Popped and poured, the wine is elegant, earthy, fresh, complex, silky, long and fresh. Definitely drinking great today, this is a beauty that blends refinement with sex appeal. For a bottle of this quality from the legendary 1982 vintage, it's also available for a fair price today, especially at auction.
Apr 7, 2016points - Tasted 2647 Views
At 30 years of age, there are no great wines, just great bottles. This was great bottle. The floral, cherry blossom, crushed stone, forest floor and cigar box aromatics were enticing. On the palate, the patina of silk and velvet that accompanied the wave of fresh, sweet, ripe, pure cherries felt great. Popped and poured, the wine got better and better in the glass. This is worth finding a few bottles, if they have good provenance.
May 17, 2015points - Tasted 2563 Views
Delivers a lot of pleasure that will not break the bank. Tobacco, minerals, truffles, back cherry, blackberry, chocolate, mint and hints of cinnamon fill your nose with pleasure. Full bodied, concentrated and opulent in the mouth, this sensuous, sexy little thing delivers a lot of pleasure. While mature, there is no hurry to drink a well stored bottle, as there is ample stuffing to last for at least another decade.
Nov 8, 2012points - Tasted 3980 Views
Flowers, truffles, white cherries, stone and earth scents make up the complex perfume. Full bodied, rich, concentrated, balanced and elegant, at close to 30 years of age, this beautiful St. Emilion is running on all cylinders. The wine ends with an earthy, soft, sweet, licorice over red and black fruit finish.
Jun 3, 2011points - Tasted 6113 Views
This wine offered a perfume of rich, black fruit, herbs, olives, flowers and earth. Silky, lush entry. Lots of depth. Ripe red and black fruits please the palate. Some tannin remains.
Jan 10, 2009points - Tasted 2226 Views
Plums, herbs, spice and truffle aromatics are easy to find. Elegant, round, plush and silky in texture, this plush wine is mature and will deliver pleasure for several years.
Mar 2, 2007points - Tasted 2065 Views
1975 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Earth, tobacco, truffle, cigar box, cherry blossom, strawberry and spice aromatics led to a medium bodied wine with surprisingly, soft tannins for the vintage. This was from a bottle that has not moved from the chateau since the day it was bottled.
May 1, 2012points - Tasted 3548 Views
1964 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Fully mature, it took about 20 minutes in the glass for the wine to strut its tobacco, black cherry, truffle and earthy nose. Silky, soft and polished, there are no tannins remaining here. The finish shows a nice, dark cocoa and cherry note.
Apr 24, 2017points - Tasted 888 Views
The best bottle of this wine I have ever tasted. Combining truffles with a flower garden, ripe red, sweet, spicy fruits, elegant textures and a long, sweet, spicy fruit, this is drinking amazingly well for a 50 year old bottle of wine.
Apr 16, 2016points - Tasted 1441 Views
Truffle, tobacco, cherry blossom, earth and crushed stone scents create the perfume. Medium bodied and fully mature, the wine ended with a clean, albeit too short of a spicy, cherry filled finish. This was much better on the nose than on the palate. I've tasted better bottles. But at close to 50 years of age, there are no things as great wines, just great bottles.
Feb 13, 2012points - Tasted 3688 Views
Truffle, cigar box, smoke, cherry blossoms, leather, kirsch and stone aromatics are found in abundance. With textures of silk, the wine offers purity, spice and a complete, beginning, middle and end. The only quibble is, the finish while complete, was short. This St. Emilion wine at close to 50 years is probably not going to improve. But it is no danger of falling apart, as the wine remained strong for over 2 hours in the glass! This is a delicious, fully mature Bordeaux wine that is drinking perfectly, provided the bottle has good provenance.
Oct 16, 2011points - Tasted 3116 Views
1962 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Light and fading, the wine was showing a beautiful, earthy, tobacco and floral nose, but on the palate, the fruit has started to fade.
May 1, 2012points - Tasted 3032 Views
1959 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
This mature St. Emilion offers complex aromatics of coffee, roses, licorice, stone, truffle and forest floor. This concentrated, round and elegant wine is filled with rich textures and minerality. The wine finished with waves of soft, polished ripe dark cherries and strawberry poured over crushed stone.
Jul 8, 2010points - Tasted 3273 Views
1957 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
The color of rose hip tea, medium bodied and showing a more acid than fruit in the austere finish, this is a little bit more than a little past fully mature. Yet, it was not bad considering the reputation of this seldom seen vintage.
May 1, 2012points - Tasted 1724 Views
1956 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
This could be the rarest wine I have ever tasted. It was my fist tasting of any wine from the year that is best known for the brutal frost that destroyed much of the Bordeaux vineyards. Served blind, I thought it was an early 60's or late 50's wine from a moderate vintage. Close to the color of a rose hip tea, filled with spice, leather, truffle, forest, coffee and crushed stone scents, this medium bodied wine ended with a strawberry, dark cherry finish. Much of the quality from this wine comes the natural low yields caused by the harsh winter weather.
Jul 8, 2010points - Tasted 2461 Views
1955 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
From a magnum, this was beautiful in every sense of the word. The floral, crushed stone, truffle, plum, cherry and earthy nose could keep you busy all night long. On the palate, the refined, wine is fresh, with a focus on elegant textures, sweet red fruits and the patina of age.
May 7, 2015points - Tasted 2366 Views
More than fully mature aromas of bacon fat, brown sugar, truffle, earth, tobacco leaf, stone and cherry are present as soon as the wine hits the glass. Medium/full bodied with a short, tart, cherry and cranberry finish. This bottle was much better on the nose than the palate. Owners of this rare wine should know, it requires consumption.
Oct 16, 2012points - Tasted 4032 Views
This fully mature Bordeaux wine, with its smoke, spice, earth, plum and jammy berry filled nose is sweet, ripe, elegant and round in your mouth. This sensuous wine ends withlush, spicy dark berries and plums.
Jul 7, 2010points - Tasted 3104 Views
1953 Château Canon ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Served blind, this beauty seemed at least two decades younger than its true age. From a magnum that had not been moved since it was bottled, the wine exploded with truffle, wild cherries, floral, spice, strawberry, forest and herbal scents. Silky in texture, refined and elegant, the wine finished with a beautiful wave of fresh, ripe, red berries. What a treat!
May 18, 2013points - Tasted 2960 Views