In a nutshell: A generously flavoured and very approachable Saint-Émilion Grand Cru from one of the appellations's leading châteaux.
The lowdown: Croix Canon is the second wine of the revered Château Canon. It has its own winery, a renovated 12th century chapel at the far end of their estate, and vineyards and in made with by the same team and with the same care and attention as the Grand Vin. The nose has ripe dark fruits mixed with leather and spicy notes. The rich fruits follow on to the palate and combine with velvety tannins giving a lovely silky finish.
When to drink: Altogether a very moreish wine which will age well into the mid 2020s. Shoulder of lamb, or tomato based pasta dishes come to mind as food pairings.
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.