2012 Canon Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • NM 96
  • WE 94
  • JS 93
  • WA 92

Reg: $74.94

$69.94

24+ in stock

12 in pre-arrival

Reg: $74.94

$69.94

24+ in stock

12 in pre-arrival

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NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM94-96 points) Tasted at a negociant tasting, the Canon ’12 has a perfumed, mineral-rich bouquet with vibrant red berry fruit that blossom in the glass. As usual, it is understated and refined. The palate is... (NM94-96 points) Tasted at a negociant tasting, the Canon ’12 has a perfumed, mineral-rich bouquet with vibrant red berry fruit that blossom in the glass. As usual, it is understated and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a silver thread of acidity and a rather masculine, structured finish that comes at somewhat of a surprise. This is a cerebral Canon that will repay cellaring. Excellent.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
(WE92-94 points) This dense, extracted wine has dark coffee and bitter chocolate flavors that are followed by wood and tannins. The fruit is still obscured, and may need many years for its dark character to emerge.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2015
A red with blueberry, blackberry and walnut character. Chocolate too. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. This is tight and dense. Extremely polished tannins and a long finish. Another 2001. Better in 2018.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
92+ The 2012 is the first truly profound Canon under the administration of the Wertheimers, the family that owns the famous haute couture house of Chanel. Improvement has been noticeable for a number of years, but this... 92+ The 2012 is the first truly profound Canon under the administration of the Wertheimers, the family that owns the famous haute couture house of Chanel. Improvement has been noticeable for a number of years, but this wine is remarkable, particularly in view of a more challenging vintage. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple, and the wine offers up great minerality along with floral, black-fruited characteristics. What’s not a surprise are the nobility, elegance and finesse of this wine (70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc) married with serious richness and intensity. Give it another 5-6 years and drink it over the following 20-25 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JJB 93
Tracey Rose - JJ Buckley, June 2015
Very expressive with lovely aromas of blue and black fruits, graphite, cedar and rose petal. Sweet fruit dominates the palate and lingers on the finish with hints of mineral, earth and espresso coming through. The density... Very expressive with lovely aromas of blue and black fruits, graphite, cedar and rose petal. Sweet fruit dominates the palate and lingers on the finish with hints of mineral, earth and espresso coming through. The density and fruit should give this solid and elegant offering long life. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2012

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.