Source: Interim End of November 2018, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Nov 2018, (RP-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!
Drink Date: 2022 – 2055
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: December 3, 2019 (JS-97)
Complex aromas of blackberries, iodine, oyster shell and wet earth. Ever so perfumed. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with very silky tannins that are energized and minerally. Takes off at the end. The freshness lifts it. Try after 2024.
Stroll through the vineyards in the heat of a summer afternoon, enjoying the refreshing breeze coming down off the St Emilion high land…this is the place to which you find yourself transported by Chateau Canon 2016. The nose releases aromas of black cherries and ripe fruit. Then the fragrances of violets and chocolate express themselves. A few notes of fresh fig and slightly peppery spices complete the aromatic palette, which reveals excellent length and unctuosity. The fine, silky tannins create a creamy and long-lasting mouthfeel. The limestone plateau imprints it minerality and brings a liveliness on the palate along with beautiful balance.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Winter: mild; Spring: rainy; Summer: very hot and dry; Autumn: Indian summer
HARVEST TIME: Merlot: 22 September to 3 October, Cabernet Franc: 7 to 11 October
YIELD: 45 hl / ha
AGEING: 18 months with 65 % new barrels for Chateau Canon
ALCOHOL LEVEL: 14 %
Chateau CANON BLENDING: 74 % Merlot 26 % Cabernet Franc