2014 chateau canon premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru
Why We're Buying
Château Canon (Saint-Émilion Grand Cru) is a Bordeaux icon. The grand vin has been considered one of the top wines in Saint Émilion since the early 20th century.
A fresh, pure style, with lots of floral and black tea notes out front, followed by a tightly focused beam of red currant, plum and raspberry coulis flavors. The finish sports a mouthwatering chalky spine and lovely perfume that should develop more with time. For fans of minerality. Best from 2022 through 2032
Intense aromas of minerals, chalk, bright cherries and stones. Full-bodied, tight and silky; very linear. Like a straight shot. Give it three to four years to soften. Vibrant is the word.
Predominantly Merlot from the plateau. Continues in a classical, elegant mould. Pure and fragrant. Refined tannins and texture. Lovely freshness and length. Structured for ageing but guided by the philosophy of drinkability.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Canon has a very well-defined, precise bouquet with ebullient raspberry and wild strawberry scents infused with minerals. The aromatics here are utterly captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and very well-judged acidity. There is tension and poise to this Saint Emilion, gently fanning out with a delicate spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. Though surely destined to be over-shadowed by the extraordinary 2015, this Canon deserves a berth in your cellar.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2014 Château Canon gets my vote as the "wine of the vintage." I have followed this château for four decades and watched it transform from "pretty good" to excellent. The 2014 is outstanding. The wine offers a sophisticated and alluring aroma of black fruit, mineral, chalk, and forest floor. Packed and well-built on the palate, this is taking Saint-Émilion to another level. I tasted this wine amongst nearly 100 others, and it was still able to stand out amongst a group of superb bottles. (Tasted: January 27, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
While a step back from the 2015, the 2014 Château Canon is still a strong effort that shows the hallmark elegance of the 2014 vintage. Black raspberries, cherries, exotic spices and lots of floral notes emerge from this medium to full-bodied, extraordinarily elegant, seamless Saint-Emilion that shines for its complexity and nuance more than for power and richness. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming 15-20 years.