Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Canon, SAINT-ÉMILION Grand Cru Classé
$234.60 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
One of the very best of all the Saint Emilion châteaux. Deep ruby colour. Expansive and richly aromatic, with high tones of violets and plums giving way to milk chocolate, cream and swollen red cherries. The palate bursts through with great intensity but airy freshness. This is a vibrant, chalky and fleet-footed style. The silky, supremely refined tannins offer a cashmere texture that allows the core of red fruit to shine through. Floral accents pair superbly with toasted spices on the complex and long finish. An excellent 2020. 94-97 Farr Vintners, London.
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 minerallity. 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. 98-100 Jane Anson, Decanter.
The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and minerals. An exhilarating triumph! 98-100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate. 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. 98-99 James Suckling.