2011 Canon Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • NM 95
  • JS 93
  • WA 93
  • WS 92

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NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 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... 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.
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, February 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... 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.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017
The 2011 Canon is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. It is undoubtedly one of the stars of the vintage, certainly one of the strongest offerings from Saint Emilion. The nose is bright, animated and playful with... The 2011 Canon is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. It is undoubtedly one of the stars of the vintage, certainly one of the strongest offerings from Saint Emilion. The nose is bright, animated and playful with copious red cherries, fresh strawberry and dark plum aromas bursting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, backward compared to more extrovert Saint Emilions such as La Mondotte—a tensile, poised Saint Emilion that is destined to last longer than its peers. Classic in style, endearing and mineral-driven, this is a superb wine from the estate. This is a supreme success courtesy of former winemaker, John Kolasa. Tasted May 2015. - Neal Martin
WS 92
Wine Spectator, April 2012
This has a clean sleek profile of fresh plum and raspberry coulis relatively light-handed toast and nice flashes of anise and mineral on the silky finish.-J.M.
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, April 2012
70% merlot 30% cabernet franc from one of the oldest properties in St. Emilion between Clos Fourtet and La Magdelaine. 21.5 hectares of vines are planted in primarily limestone with very poor to non-existent topsoil. The... 70% merlot 30% cabernet franc from one of the oldest properties in St. Emilion between Clos Fourtet and La Magdelaine. 21.5 hectares of vines are planted in primarily limestone with very poor to non-existent topsoil. The wine is aged in 60% new oak. Purple with a reddish pink hue. Black fruits grilled meat and spice pair nicely with graphite truffle and cheese rind on the palate. Fine grained tannins alongside firm acidity that provides lift on the midpalate and leads into the flavorful but grippy finish. The house of Chanel made great strides in this vintage. Enjoy 2019-2029.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2011

Label

A blend of 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new.

Winery

Canon

Chateau Canon is a famous Saint-Emilion estate widely recognized as one of the best in the appellation. The property started out as part of the Clos St. Martin vineyard with only 30 acres. After purchasing it in 1760, by Monsieur Jacques Kanon expanded the estate and its vineyards but then sold it a decade later to Raymond Fontemoing, a Bordeaux wine merchant.

In 1919, the property came into the hands of the Fournier family who invested a lot of time and money, modernizing the estate and vineyards. It remained in their control until the 1990’s but by that time Chateau Canon was having some serious problems: TCA contamination, vine disease, and subsidence of the quarried cellars beneath the property.

When the Wertheimer family, which owns Chanel, acquired the estate in 1996, it was in a sorry condition and they invested in restoring the full potential of Chateau Canon for Premier Grand Cru Classe wines. A period of extensive renovation and replanting was undertaken. The 18th century residence is now entirely restored to the highest standards.

The estate’s 85 acres are planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, with the average vine age now close to 30 years. The substantial estate is on Saint-Emilion’s famous limestone plateau close to the town.

Chateau Canon has a walled vineyard at the entrance to Saint-Emilion planted to Merlot. This unique 5,000 square foot parcel is ploughed by horse and hand harvested in traditional style. Its grapes are used in crafting the estate’s Grand Vin.