In a nutshell: A fantastic, big and rich Saint-Emilion from one of the best estates in the appellation.
The lowdown: This Premier Grand Cru Classe estate turns out some of the best St. Emilion wines year in and year out, and this 2012 is shaping up to be one of the stars of the vintage. Intense, perfumed aromas lead onto a full and mouth filling palate of rich and plush black cherry and sweet dark fruit flavours with attractive notes of toast, wood smoke and spice. Balanced, full yet refined tannins, and silky smooth.
When to drink: A rich and elegant wine that will last well through the decade. Try with suitably gastronomic food, fillet of prime beef or venison with a rich sauce and rich potato dauphinoise.
Château Canon has long been recognized as one of the leading properties in the right bank appellation of Saint-Émilion. Located close to the town itself its history goes back to 1760 when a naval officer, Jacques Kanon bought the estate and planted the first vines.
Over time it has undergone several changes of stewardship. Currently it's owned by Wertheimer family who also own Chanel and Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux. The current head winemaker is Nicolas Audebert who also oversees things as Rauzan-Ségla. In the late 90s Château Canon had some serious problems with their cellars and were fortunate to have such deep pocketed owners with the desire and will to get thing back on track. And happily, since the mid 2000s, Canon has been recovering its reputation.
The estate extend to 22 hectares on Saint-Émilion's famous limestome plateau. Most plantings are of Merlot with the remainder being Cabernet Franc. The hallmark of their wines is their silkiness, body and delicate perfume.