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Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche History, Overview
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 vineyard management and winemaking.
In 2014, Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche was sold to La Francaise Real Estate Managers and its subsidiary LFP Grands Vignobles de France. La Francaise owns vineyards in other regions including, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and Chateauneuf du Pape.
In 2020 Vrai Canon Bouche was sold to the Labrune family, through their personal holding company, FCB SA. The Labrune family is the owner of Chateau La Dauphine, also located in Fronsac. in 2022, Vrai Canon Bouche was certified as 100% organic. From that point forward, the vineyard of Vrai Canon Bouche became a part of La Dauphine. 2021 was the final vintage for Vrai Canon Bouche.
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 12-hectare Canon Fronsac vineyard of Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche is planted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is clay and limestone soils located on the peak of the Canon Fronsac plateau giving them slopes and elevations.
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 vine 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. The vineyard is farmed using only organic methods.
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 barrels. The wine of Vrai Canon Bouche is aged 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 the barrel. It is the attention to detail in the winemaking 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.
The best vintages of Vrai Canon Bouche 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche can be enjoyed on the young side with an hour or so of decanting. However, the wine is usually better at 1-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.
The decanting allows the wine to expand and soften. Older vintages should not be decanted, except to remove sediment. In the best years, the wine will at its best between 4-12 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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
15 Vintages 61,499 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Soft, polished, round, creamy black and red fruits are all over the place here, in the nose and in the sweet, fruity, creamy finish. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2025-2036. 90-92 Pts.
1,888 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Round, plush and polished with a blast of dark, deep red fruits, licorice and espresso. Already delicious, the finish is packed with sweet, ripe, juicy fruits. 90-92 Pts
2,672 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2020
Licorice, chocolate, espresso and dark red fruits stand out and strut their stuff in this lush, opulent, polished, richly textured, black cherry filled wine.
1,828 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Concentrated, rich and lush, with layers of ripe dark, red fruits, licorice, cocoa and espresso, this is not a wine of finesse, but it is a wine of pleasure and here, that's a good thing. 90-92 Pts
2,621 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
Dark in color, you'll instantly find floral notes to accompany the basket of red fruits and thyme. The wine is juicy, soft and fruity with spicy licorice accents in the finish.
2,801 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Dark ruby in color, the wine is floral in character with a sweetness to the plums and black raspberries and an elegant, silkiness to the tannins. Drink this young, or age it a few years.
3,202 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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.
3,216 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Lusciously textured, sensuous, round and packed with ripe, sweet black cherries, licorice, smoke, espresso and chocolate, this hedonistic treat is just great on the nose and even better on the palate with all that fruit.
3,444 Views Tasted Sep 11, 2020
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% ABV. 88-90 Pts
3,719 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
Blending 55% Merlot and 45% , the wine reached 13.5% ABV. 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
2,664 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
Forward, approachable and already enjoyable to drink, with its soft, black raspberry, licorice and earthy profile.
2,651 Views Tasted May 16, 2015
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
2,631 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
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
3,192 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012
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
4,299 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
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.
4,213 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2014
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.
3,864 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2012
2009 Vrai Canon Bouche is made from a blend of 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
3,771 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
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.
3,172 Views Tasted May 7, 2014
Fully mature, the wine is medium/full bodied, soft and polished in texture, with sweet, black cherries, plum, truffle and cocoa from start to finish.
2,487 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2017
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.
3,164 Views Tasted Oct 29, 2011