2021 Canon (St-Emilion)

71% Merlot/29% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% Alcohol, Yield: 40 hL/ha. Ageing: 16 to 18 months in 50% new oak barrels. Mineral, fresh, tense, and classy, seamlessly put together. Red and black fruit notes meet rose petal, crushed rock and Indian ink. Very silky texture. The aftertaste takes a while to show up, but makes quite an appearance when it does. A beautifully poised, elegantly structured wine. (NT 25/05/22)
Origin
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Merlot
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Alcohol
13.5%
Wine Score
94-96 points, William Kelley, robertparker.com, April 2022
94-96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2022
93 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2023
96 points, Jane Anson, janeanson.com, April 2022
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2021 Canon (St-Emilion)

Media Reviews

William Kelley

A brilliant wine in the making, the 2021 Canon offers up aromas of cherries, wild berries, licorice, sweet soil tones, raw cocoa, Indian spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it`s immensely refined and seamless, with a lively spine of acidity, ripe tannins and a long, penetrating, intensely saline finish. This beautifully balanced Canon is one of the classiest, most complete wines of the Right Bank in this vintage. Tasted four times. 94-96 points

Antonio Galloni

Dramatic, rich and imposing, the 2021 Canon is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. Sculpted red purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender, sage and crushed rocks all race out of the glass. A heady, vertical wine, Canon is endowed with tremendous concentration and class. The aromatics alone are beguiling, but it is the wine`s balance that impresses most. Tasted three times. This is such an elegant and regal wine. 95-97 points

Neal Martin

The 2021 Canon has a clean and precise bouquet. Redcurrant, cranberry and wild strawberry scents gradually emerge, perhaps a little more tertiary than previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins—a strict Canon, quite saline with just a hint of licorice coming through toward the finish. Although it does not reach the imperial heights of other vintages in recent years, the 2021 is still a fine effort considering the challenging growing season. 93 points

Jane Anson

Gorgeous bright plum colour with violet reflections. The epitome of careful, precise, well-spliced winemaking. Sibling estate Berliquet has perhaps more immediate charm, because there is more power running through it, but this is just elegance and finesse personified. Red cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, slate, saffron, oyster shell, they have teased out layers of complexity that were not easy to find in the vintage, and there is length also, with pummice stone salinity scraping across the palate. It`s subtle, and it`s not at the heights of a 2019 Canon, but this will not be out of place in a vertical of the estate. Tasted twice. 50% new oak, 40hl/h yield, harvest September 16 to October 8. Thomas Duclos consultant. 96 points

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