Widely considered to be one of the crown jewels of Saint-Emilion, Chateau Canon dates back to 1760. Ideally situated atop limestone and clay soils near the highest point on the Saint-Emilion plateau, Canon has always possessed great terroir and the potential for exceptional wines.
While there were flashes of brilliance in the 20th century, it wasn’t until the Wertheimer family took over that Canon would begin its ascent to the top of the Right Bank. Since 1996, brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, proprietors of the luxury goods house Chanel and co-owners of Rauzan-Segla in Margaux, have been investing heavily in the vineyards and infrastructure of Chateau Canon. Sparing no expense in making improvements across the board they are dedicated to squeezing every last drop of potential from this exceptional site. They appointed John Kolasa as managing director of Canon – a position he already held at Chateau Rauzan-Segla.
Kolasa eventually announced his retirement in 2014 and passed the torch to Nicolas Audebert, an immensely talented winemaker who has continued Kolasa’s brilliant work. His inaugural 2015 Canon was accompanied by huge critical acclaim and an array of 100-point scores.
We are pleased to offer three vintages that highlight the trajectory of this outstanding property over the last decade. While the 2015 easily ranks among the finest wines of the vintage in Bordeaux, the 2009 and 2010 Canons also score very highly and offer a glimpse into a property that had clearly turned a corner in the early 2000s, destined to become the powerhouse that it is today.
Since its stellar success Chateau Canon is now heavily allocated on release. This is a great opportunity to pick up some excellent back vintages which are now approaching their drinking window. These wines are very long lived and will happily cellar until the middle of the century.
ETA is Spring 2022.
Chateau Canon 2015
100 Points | Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Canon was a benchmark wine that seemed to revitalize this historic estate. I was crossing my fingers that it would not disappoint in bottle and I am glad to say that it delivers the goods. It has a very intense bouquet (just as it showed out of barrel) with laser-like precision offering wild strawberry, raspberry preserve, wet limestone and hints of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, clean and fresh with pure black and red fruit whose every atom appears infused with minerals. The mouth is tingling long after the wine has exited and your brain is thinking…when is the next sip coming? It is frankly heads and shoulders above almost every Saint Émilion this vintage, to reaffirm, a benchmark for this historic estate that will give pleasure to many over the coming years. Astonishing.”
100 Points | Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“From the very beginning, the 2015 Canon has made an eloquent case for itself as one of the wines of the vintage. Multiple tastings from bottle only confirm what several early tastings hinted at: the 2015 Canon is simply extraordinary in every way. Sumptuous and exotic, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, the 2015 grabs hold of all the senses and never lets up. A rush of red fruit intermingled with floral notes, spice and smoke notes effortlessly runs up the wine’s vertical structure as the 2015 thrills with every twist and turn. The 2015 Canon is a rare wine that is both hedonistic and intellectual – well, maybe it is a bit more hedonistic-leaning. It doesn’t matter. Don’t miss it. This 2015 is a masterpiece from General Manager Nicolas Auderbert and his team at Canon.”
100 Points | James Suckling
“Seductive. The nose draws you in deep: It’s like staring into a well of pristine dark cherries, dark plums, blackberries and mulberries. All the oak is perfectly subsumed. The palate’s flawless with immense depth and power and it’s so balanced as to appear to float. Immaculate fresh dark-berry and plum flavors. Silky and deep, ribbon-like finish. Perfect. Best from 2022.”
Chateau Canon 2010
96+ Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
“Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Canon features wonderfully expressive notes of dried mulberries, stewed plums and baked black cherries with hints of mocha, bay leaves and fallen leaves. Full-bodied, opulent and super spicy, it has a plush texture with a racy line supporting the hedonic fruit, finishing with jaw-dropping persistence.”
96 Points | James Suckling
“Wonderful nose with strawberries, cherry blossom, and vanilla. The red opens up with blueberries, milk chocolate and sweet licorice. Full and juicy on palate with pure dark fruit and velvety tannins. So nicely layered texture and long in the finish with red fruit and crushed chalk. The texture is superb. Drink from 2018.”
96 Points | Jane Anson, Decanter
“You know you are on the Right Bank limestone plateau with this wine not by the fruit character, which is savoury, dark and concentrated, but by the juicy finish, which remains a little austere even after 10 years. After 15 minutes in the glass it opens up to be gloriously appetising and sapid (a word that is used much more frequently in French, and that sums up why limestone soils can transmit such appetising, drinkable and mouth watering flavours and textures, and why wines of this type work so well with food). At this stage it is the 2009 that delivers a readier-to-drink wine, but this is subtle and complex and has pulsating sense of purpose.”
Chateau Canon 2009
99 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
“One of my favorite vintages from this incredible terroir located on the upper plateau of Saint-Emilion, the 2009 Château Canon is just about pure perfection in a glass. It delivers a monster bouquet of blackberries, raspberries, white truffle, and flowery incense that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Rich, full-bodied, and powerful, it’s still classic Saint-Emilon, offering incredible minerality as well as structure. This brilliant wine can be drunk any time over the coming two decades.`
97+ Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
“Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Canon is a little reticent to begin, opening out to notions of rare beef, cast iron pan, cigar boxes and cloves with a core of baked plums and mulberries plus a waft of dried lavender. Full, richly fruited and sill quite youthful, the palate has a firm yet velvety texture and seamless freshness supporting the generous fruit, finishing long and mineral laced.”
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