Chateau Canon Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru 2011
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from France, St Emilion,Bordeaux,France
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Wine Advocate # 212 (Apr 2014)
Drink 2014 - 2034
A super effort from Chateau Canon, this property, owned by the proprietors of the haute couture house of Chanel, has turned in a stunningly rich 2011 Canon with a full-bodied texture and surprising concentration and purity. It is a noble, intense Canon with sweet tannin, lavish concentration (atypical for the vintage), and a stunningly long finish. It should drink well for two decades, and will always be one of the major stars of the vintage. Bravo!
By Wine Enthusiast
Château Canon 2011 Barrel Sample (Saint-Émilion)
Designation: Barrel Sample
Variety: Bordeaux-style Red Blend
Appellation: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Winery: Château Canon
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Château Rauzan-Ségla
Date Published: 5/11/2012
93-95. Barrel sample. A firm and tannic wine, it has the weight to support its tannins. It's balanced, solid and dense, with a powerful shot of black fruits.
By Neal Martin
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from France, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Review by Neal Martin
Wine Journal # 0512 (May 2012)
The Canon 2011 is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, picked from 7th until 17th September. One of Saint Emilion’s highlights, it has a lovely bouquet with wild strawberry and dark plum aromas that are very well defined and quite powerful in the context of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, a silky smooth texture and a very composed, very pure finish that delicately caresses the mouth. The acidity is nigh on perfect, lending it a sense of weightlessness. This is a great 2011 and one of Saint Emilion’s top crus. Tasted April 2012.
By James Suckling
CHÂTEAU CANON ST.-EMILION 2011
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A young red with polish and poise. It sneaks up on you. Full body with plum, blackberry and light mineral and chalk undertones. Extremely fine tannins that build on your palate. The texture makes this wine outstanding. Try in 2017.
By Wine Spectator
Issue: Mar 31, 2014
Pretty solid, with a core of plum cake and blackberry confiture studded with warm ganache and fruitcake notes. The plush, open finish has a flattering feel, showing subtle persistence. Drink now through 2022. –JM
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Canon 2011 Saint-Emilion
Red wine from France
From 2011 Bordeaux from the Bottle (Jul 2014)
Winery/Importer Contact Info: chateaucanon.com
Bright full ruby. Floral blackberry, raspberry, licorice, lead pencil and a faint herbal note on the nose. Juicy, spicy and precise, offering good sweetness to its red and dark fruit flavors. Finishes fresh, focused and long, with very good grip and a white pepper nuance. -Ian D'Agata, July 2014
By Jancis Robinson
Ch Canon 2011 St-Émilion
Producer: Ch Canon
When to drink: 2018 - 2028
Published: 10 Feb 2015
Date tasted: 21 Feb 2015
Reviewer: Julia Harding MW
Vibrant ripe black cherry fruit on the nose. Rich, firm and chewy on the palate but everything in place. Mouthwatering finish but needs time to settle. (JH)
By Chateau Canon
1er Grand Cru Classé
1er Grand Cru Classé
30 ha in production
Yield: 36 hl/ha
Terroir: Clay-limestone plateau and sandy-clay plots
Grape Varieties: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Density of Plantation: 6,500 et 7,100 plants per hectare
Average age of the vines: 35 years
Second wine: Clos Canon
Manual selection of double sorting tables.
Gravity to bring the berries in the tanks, to avoid pumps and pipes.
Alcoholic fermentation for 14 days in conical shaped stainless steel vatts, with a double walled system for the temperature control.
Pumping-over and manual punching down.
Temperature: 28 degrees Celsius.
Maceration over 2 weeks.
Malolactic fermentation: From mid-October until the end of November, 30% in barrels and 70% in stainless steel vats
Ageing in barrels: French oak, medium toast, racking with candle light every 3 months, fining with fresh egg whites.
The Vintage where a close eye was necessary from beginning to end! 2011 started with the purchase of Château Matras and its 12.5 hectares. These plots are located alongside the vineyards of Château Canon, on the south/south west facing slope of the clay and limestone plateau of St Emilion. The objective of the acquisition is to increase the production of the second wine of Château Canon: Clos Canon.
Now totaling 34 hectares of vines, more attention was required in order to adapt our methods with the always changing weather conditions. With integrated pest management and the knowledge of our technical team, the beautiful terroir of Canon was revealed through the use of double guyot pruning, brush shredder, grassing, ploughing under the row, wicker tying, desuckering, manual deleafing, green harvest and flowers of fallow plots under restructuring.
From April onwards, sunny days and ideal hydric conditions contributed to a good budbreak and the development of the vegetation, which led to a fast, homogenous and early flowering. Only the dry winter and low water levels, both general consequences of the last 2 vintages, were not ideal. The growing concern with such conditions and extremely high heat throughout the month of June led to increase vigilance in the vineyards. For example, we chose to remove the leaves only on the east side of the property in order to protect the berries. Saving rains arrived in July and continued through August, triggering and early color change and leading to nice even ripening. Until harvest, we kept a close eye on the vineyard and made adjustments, such as additional thinning on specific plots including Marie-Gabrielle and Matras.
The sun and heat led to an early September harvest when our 25 pickers joined us to reveal Château Canon 2011. This vintage placed Canon under the success of the Cabernet Franc grapes which are now even more present in the final blend of the Grand Vin.
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