chateau canon premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2016

chateau canon premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2016
JAMES SUCKLING
97
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

Critics' Scores

  • JAMES SUCKLING
    97
    James Suckling

    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.

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    98
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    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!

  • JEB DUNNUCK
    96
    Jeb Dunnuck

    The 2016 Château Canon is another beautiful wine from this estate, made in a more streamlined, elegant style compared to the richer, sexier 2015. Checking in as a blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc all from a magical terroir situated on the upper plateau just outside of the village of Saint-Emilion, it saw a small percentage of the blend go through malolactic fermentation in barrel, and the wine spent 18 months in 70% new French oak, with the balance in once-used. Gorgeous notes of blueberries, cassis, spring flowers, white truffle, and crushed rock nuances all come soaring from the glass and it has notable intensity as well as complexity. Medium to full-bodied, with vibrant acidity, ultra-fine tannins, and a straight, silky texture, I don’t think it matches the 2015 on concentration, but it’s perfectly balanced and has a texture to die for. It needs a good 4-5 years of bottle age (or more) and it’s going to be long-lived. Tasted three times.

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    95
    Wine Spectator

    This delivers a pretty serious ball of fruit, with a mix of raspberry, blueberry and black currant flavors providing range, while sweet tobacco notes and chalky minerality impart texture and detail. There's a fresh savory echo on the finish. Much less reliant on toast than most of its peers. Best from 2022 through 2037. 6,667 cases made.

  • DECANTER
    97
    Decanter

    This has all the power that St-Emilion can deliver, but deals it out slowly with precision, gorgeous balance and a clean lift. It has great concentration, purity and depth, without sacrificing the integrity of the juicy blueberry and cassis fruits. It really is a great example of what the limestone plateau can do. The 2015 delivers a slightly more voluptuous edge to the fruits, whereas this vintage emphasises fresh mint leaf, salinity and grip. A wonderful wine, utterly delicious.

  • WINE ENTHUSIAST
    98
    Wine Enthusiast

    This wine is impressive both from its structure and its fruit, one of the stars of the vintage in SaintÉmilion. It has great weight, concentration as well as style and aging potential. The ripe fruit shines through the structure, promising an elegant maturity. Drink from 2025.

  • CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE
    92
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    Very generously appointed with ripe, black cherry fruit and decked out with a broad sweep of sweet spice in both scent and taste and showing lovely continuity and fine concentration, Château Canon is a serious, far-reaching St.-Emilion wine that compels contemplation and seems to reveal a little more interest with each sniff and sip. It is not an immense wine, but it is one of great strength and real beauty that is guaranteed to pay even greater dividends when laid away and allowed to develop for six to ten years.

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