2016 Château Canon

(Magnum)

Bordeaux Blend

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru,  Bordeaux,  France

$485
JD 96
RP 98
V 95
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1er Grand Cru Classe

2016 Château Canon, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France

Nestled in the Saint Émilion limestone plateau, Château Canon is an emblematic estate that benefits from an outstanding terroir, which entitled it to Premier Grand Crus Classé status in 1954.

The château overlooks a gentle slope where vines have been grown for thousands of years. The vineyard is surrounded by walls that stretch as far as the Saint Émilion village.

The enthusiastic winemaking team does their utmost to reflect Canon’s superb terroir and produce wines of great finesse and complexity.

In keeping with the House of Chanel, who have owned the château since 1996, Château Canon epitomises a style that is timeless, elegant and always fashionable.

AREA UNDER VINE34 hectares (24 hectares designated to Château Canon, Premier Grand Cru Classé 10 hectares designated to Croix Canon, the second wine of Château Canon)

PRODUCTION: 80,000 bottles

SOILClay-limestone plateau

GRAPE VARIETIES70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

AGEING: 18 months - New barrels: 70%

SECOND WINE: Croix Canon

JD 96

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Château Canon is another beautiful wine from this estate, made in a more streamlined, elegant style compared to the richer, sexier 2015. Checking in as a blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc all from a magical terroir situated on the upper plateau just outside of the village of Saint-Emilion, it saw a small percentage of the blend go through malolactic fermentation in barrel, and the wine spent 18 months in 70% new French oak, with the balance in once-used. Gorgeous notes of blueberries, cassis, spring flowers, white truffle, and crushed rock nuances all come soaring from the glass and it has notable intensity as well as complexity. Medium to full-bodied, with vibrant acidity, ultra-fine tannins, and a straight, silky texture, I don’t think it matches the 2015 on concentration, but it’s perfectly balanced and has a texture to die for. It needs a good 4-5 years of bottle age (or more) and it’s going to be long-lived. Tasted three times. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck. Issue date: February 28, 2019. Drinking window: 2023-2053.
RP 98

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 98+) Composed of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in 70% new French barriques, the 2016 Canon is medium to deep garnet-purple in color, and—WOW—it opens with the most stunning perfume of violets, red roses and kirsch, giving way to a core of black cherry preserves, chocolate box, licorice, warm plums and Chinese five spice plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely filled with expressive, perfumed black berry layers accented by lively red fruits and exotic spices, supported by impressively fine-grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing very long with jaw-dropping energy. Tasted three times, I had one opportunity to taste the 2015 and 2016 Canon side by side. While I love the bold, rich, seductive nature of the 2015, this 2016 kicks it up a notch in terms of polish, precision, depth and persistence. Most notably, the superbly ripe, exquisitely fine-grained tannins on this 2016 bring to the table a whole other level of sophistication. Bravo! Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Issue date: November 30, 2018. Drinking window: 2022-2055.
V 95

Vinous

(Rating 95+) The 2016 Canon offers red fruit on the nose, very detailed, along with scents of wilted rose petal, truffle and brown spices. I admire how understated this is initially, then stepping up through the gears with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins, gentle grip and a liberal sprinkling of cracked black pepper toward the finish. It maybe just lacks the persistence of its peers at the moment, but I suspect it is just beginning to close down for a period. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Reviewed by Neal Martin. Tasting date: January 2020. Drinking window: 2021 - 2050.

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JD 96

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Château Canon is another beautiful wine from this estate, made in a more streamlined, elegant style compared to the richer, sexier 2015. Checking in as a blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc all from a magical terroir situated on the upper plateau just outside of the village of Saint-Emilion, it saw a small percentage of the blend go through malolactic fermentation in barrel, and the wine spent 18 months in 70% new French oak, with the balance in once-used. Gorgeous notes of blueberries, cassis, spring flowers, white truffle, and crushed rock nuances all come soaring from the glass and it has notable intensity as well as complexity. Medium to full-bodied, with vibrant acidity, ultra-fine tannins, and a straight, silky texture, I don’t think it matches the 2015 on concentration, but it’s perfectly balanced and has a texture to die for. It needs a good 4-5 years of bottle age (or more) and it’s going to be long-lived. Tasted three times. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck. Issue date: February 28, 2019. Drinking window: 2023-2053.
RP 98

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 98+) Composed of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in 70% new French barriques, the 2016 Canon is medium to deep garnet-purple in color, and—WOW—it opens with the most stunning perfume of violets, red roses and kirsch, giving way to a core of black cherry preserves, chocolate box, licorice, warm plums and Chinese five spice plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely filled with expressive, perfumed black berry layers accented by lively red fruits and exotic spices, supported by impressively fine-grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing very long with jaw-dropping energy. Tasted three times, I had one opportunity to taste the 2015 and 2016 Canon side by side. While I love the bold, rich, seductive nature of the 2015, this 2016 kicks it up a notch in terms of polish, precision, depth and persistence. Most notably, the superbly ripe, exquisitely fine-grained tannins on this 2016 bring to the table a whole other level of sophistication. Bravo! Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Issue date: November 30, 2018. Drinking window: 2022-2055.
V 95

Vinous

(Rating 95+) The 2016 Canon offers red fruit on the nose, very detailed, along with scents of wilted rose petal, truffle and brown spices. I admire how understated this is initially, then stepping up through the gears with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins, gentle grip and a liberal sprinkling of cracked black pepper toward the finish. It maybe just lacks the persistence of its peers at the moment, but I suspect it is just beginning to close down for a period. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Reviewed by Neal Martin. Tasting date: January 2020. Drinking window: 2021 - 2050.

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