Chateau Canon Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, ‘Seek this out!’: Case of three bottles delivered
Château Canon is an iconic Bordeaux, with a parcel in the very village of Saint-Emilion. It is also one of the oldest properties in Saint-Emilion. Notes celebrated Bordeaux specialist Wine Advocate-Parker, awarding 93/100 points, ‘The 2006 Château Canon has a vivid, kirsch and wild strawberry bouquet with touches of orange zest and marmalade, a touch of mushroom in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, sage and melted tar. There is wonderful structure here, superb salinity, completely fulfilling the promise it demonstrated out of bottle. After ten years it has foraged wonderful focus and vivacity. Seek this out.’
The 2006 Chateau Canon is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is a classic vintage with rich aromas. The nose opens-up with cherry, damson plum, and figs evolving into mild spices, cumin, subtle hints of roasted coffee, almond, hazelnut, or even dry flowers and thyme. The palate is elegant and lean but also poised.
The 34 hectares of vines grow on a layer of chalk-rich soil veined with clay, perfect for growing Merlot. The Cabernet Franc vines are grown in the better-exposed parcels in order to reach optimal maturity.
The harvests are of course carried out by hand. When it comes to vinification, each parcel is put in a separate vat in order to preserve its distinct identity. The wine is matured in French oak casks for 18-20 months depending on the vintage. What follows is ‘soutirage à l’esquive’, a fastidious racking process that involves separating the wine from its lees in a different way for each cask, without recourse to a pump. The wines have a beautiful, dark colour. There is a certain finesse on the nose through the notes of redcurrant and a discrete, oaky undertone. On the palate, the tannins are round and elegant. Château Canon can be aged for several decades.
Chateau Canon takes its name from an owner in the 18th century, Jacques Canon. Located on the south-west slopes of the appellation, the vineyard lies on varied soil consisting of clay-limestone and sand on limestone subsoil. The Fournier family owned the property from 1919 until 1996, when it was bought by the Wertheimer family from the Chanel group. The 2006 Château Canon has a vivid, kirsch and wild strawberry bouquet with touches of orange zest and marmalade, a touch of mushroom in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, sage and melted tar.
Case of three bottles. Non Members £350. CCUK £249 including duty, VAT and UK mainland delivery. Can be sent as a gift with gift card.