Château Canon Saint-Emilion 2008
Château Canon enjoys a coveted location on the southwestern slopes of the town of St.-Emilion, where its vineyard is sandwiched between fellow Premier Grand Cru Classé estates such as Belair, Clos Fourtet and Beauséjour. Its soil is made up of limestone, clay and sand, with both hillside and plateau vines. The long-time property of the Fournier family, Canon was sold in the mid-1990's to the owners of Chanel. We tasted and positively fell in love with this 2008. This Canon is splendidly rich, deep and concentrated, yet elegant, ethereal and balanced. A true beauty and worthy of its haute couture status.
Wine Enthusiast91-93 Barrel sample. Consultant Michel Rolland's family estate has produced a wine that is elegant, balancing richness and sweet fruits. The tannins are spicy, forward, with density. But it remains a well balanced wine.
Wine AdvocateThis appears to be the finest wine made under the relatively recent ownership of the Wertheimer brothers (who also own the haute couture house of Chanel). Sweet raspberry, blue fruit, crushed rock, and acacia flower characteristics are followed by a fresh, lively, full-bodied wine that offers an alliance of power, substance, and finesse. With good purity, texture, and length, this beauty will require patience as the tannins, while sweet and velvety, are noticeable. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. 90-93
Wine SpectatorWith an ambitious profile of plum cake, fig bread, Turkish coffee and smoked apple wood, this pulls it off, with the flesh and integrated structure for balance and length. Additional mulled spice and pastis notes add even more on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,380 cases made.