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2020 Château Canon En Primeur

2020 Château Canon was out this morning at £1,152 per dozen.  Arguably it is the wine of Bordeaux 2020 and our initial allocations were in effect sold out in advance. We are hopeful of sourcing a little more next week, so if you would like a case and have not already been in touch, please do so now.

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk

 

Château Canon, St.-Émilion

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Château Canon, St.-Émilion

Château Canon is a Premiers Grands Crus Classés (B) estate in the commune of St.-Émilion.  The name most likely derives from the swashbuckling Jacques Kanon, a privateer who made his money capturing (among others) English ships in the channel and futher afield.  He bought Canon in 1760 and built the château in 1767.  

Today Canon is owned by the Chanel Group, along with its neighbour Berliquet and Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux.  Nicholas Audebert is the technical director and Thomas Duclot is the consultant.  Audebert has overseen a renovation of the estates since 2012 and quality has risen rapidly.

 

RED 2020 Château Canon 75cl £576 per case of 6 Château Canon
2020 / / 75cl
£576 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesSOLD OUT------"68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Refined and discreet. Delicately perfumed, berry-fruit aromas. Gentle attack then builds and persists, the tannins so fine as to be inconspicuous. No exaggeration but a depth and presence that reflects the potential. (JL) 17.5 points" jancisrobinson.com------"The 2020 Canon is a gorgeous, sophisticated wine. Silky and soaring, Canon is vertical in build, with a real sense of explosive energy that give the wine its shape. Rose petal, lavender, mint, spice and ripe red/purplish berry fruit all meld together effortlessly. The 2020 is an especially airy, understated Canon. I can't wait to see how it ages. 95-97 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"The 2020 Château Canon is another brilliant wine in a long line of brilliant wines from this incredible team and consistent estate. Coming from the upper plateau (unquestionably one of the finest terroirs on the upper plateau) and 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, it offers a perfumed, ethereal nose of red and blue fruits, violets, white flowers, and unsmoked tobacco. With riveting purity, full-bodied richness, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it’s going to push the upper limits of my scale. The tannins here are incredible as well, and this beauty should drink well for 20-30 years. Hats off to technical director Nicolas Audebert and his team for another insanely good wine. 96-98 points" Jebdunnuck.com------"The 2020 Canon nailed it this year, the best since the benchmark 2015/2016 vintages. It has one of those bouquets that stops the clock thanks to its breathtaking delineation and focus, fragrant black cherries, bilberry, shucked oyster shell and crushed rock aromas. It is cool, calm and collected. The palate possesses exquisite definition, armed with simply crystalline red fruit matched with a perfect silver bead of acidity. There is tangible tension from the start and it fans out gloriously toward the pixelated finish. This brilliant Canon should offer 20–30 years of drinking pleasure, probably more. Chapeau! 96-98 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Wow. This is really exceptional with super density of fruit that remains clear and agile. Blackberries, currants, violets and spice, as well as some chalk and salt. It really goes on for minutes. Best of the trilogy? 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com------"This is intense, structured and concentrated yet with an abundance of violet and peony notes that curl up through the tannins, combining halfway through the palate with blueberry, raspberry, tobacco, gunsmoke and sculpted, precise pulses of chalk minerality. There is just so much to talk about with this wine, but the overall impression is of dozens of carefully crafted elements that steal up on you. It's hard not to be convinced by its success - and as ever with Canon you are in no doubt as to how well it will age. Gorgeous. 50% new barrels. 3.53pH. Harvest 4 September to 23 September. 50% new oak. A yield of 40hl/ha. Could go up after tasting in bottle, a potential 100 points. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050. 98-100 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"A slightly cooler terroir than its sibling estate Château Canon, a little more clay-based which gives weight, depth and power while also being austere right now, with grippy tannins and a bite of blood orange. Great stuff, can start drinking this in five to six years to allow the structure to soften while keeping the appeal of the wild cherry and blackberry fruits. 50% new oak for 16 months. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 98-100 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com

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