A strong case for buying the 2016 Château Canon
Without a shadow of a doubt, Château Canon has been one of the hottest Bordeaux properties during the past three En-Primeur campaigns. Chanel, the new owners have invested enormous sums of monies, which is clearly paying off handsomely with three, stunning back-to-back vintages.
The 2014 was released (14 May 2015) @ £375.00 IB per case and quickly sold-out. Today, the wine trades around £650.00 IB per case and today is being hotly pursued by buyers in Hong Kong as it’s the ‘right’ name and incredibly well priced.
We have a little stock available @ £610.00 IB per case or by the bottle via our duty paid warehouse @ £69.95.
94 Points Neal Martin “The 2014 Canon has a very well-defined, precise bouquet with ebullient raspberry and wild strawberry scents infused with minerals. The aromatics here are utterly captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and very well-judged acidity. There is tension and poise to this Saint Emilion, gently fanning out with a delicate spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. Though surely destined to be over-shadowed by the extraordinary 2015, this Canon deserves a berth in your cellar”
96 Points James Suckling “Intense aromas of minerals, chalk, bright cherries and stones. Full-bodied, tight and silky; very linear. Like a straight shot. Give it three to four years to soften. Vibrant is the word”
The demand for last year’s release, the 2015 was nothing short of extraordinary. In fact, the 2015 En-Primeur release was the ‘most in-demand’ wine of the entire campaign, which is not surprising given the critics opening scores. 98-100 Neal Martin, 96 Jane Anson / Decanter, 100 James Suckling & 17.5 Jancis MW. * The all important bottle scores will be released later this year / early 2018.
The Current Market Value of the 2015: £1,750.00 to £1,850.00 IB per case (12x75cl)
The 1 June 2017 saw the much anticipated release for Canon’s 2016, which many believe sits firmly on-par with the 2015. The ‘opening’ price of £880.00 IB per case created a complete sell-out. Sadly, an official second tranche price did not materialise however, we were able to pick-up a few cases, which sold-out @ £1,150.00.
Today, we are delighted to offer 20 x Cases (6x75cl OWC) 2016 @ £575.00 IB per case which we strongly believe is a compelling reason to buy when you compare to the ’15 current value.
Neal Martin “The 2015 was magnificent, but could this 2016 surpass that?”
97-99 Neal Martin “The 2016 Canon makes it a double slam-dunk for head winemaker Nicolas Audebert and his team, as it is the second of two ethereal wines that will put the estate right at the top of the Saint Emilion tree. This year is a blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc picked from 22 September until 10 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare. It delivers 14.02% alcohol and an IPT of 65. Matured in 65% new oak, it has a compelling bouquet with intense black cherry and blueberry fruit, a tincture of oyster shell, all with exquisite definition. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, and again, there is stunning, almost ineffable precision. It is attired in a seamless texture with real density yet weightlessness on the finish. The persistence on the aftertaste is extraordinary. I composed this entire tasting note after spitting out the wine, but I can still feel my mouth tingling now. The 2015 was magnificent, but could this 2016 surpass that? "The 2016 is more Canon in style, more classic," commented Nicolas, and he could be right, although intuition tells me that the 2015 might be a hair's breadth better. I would not refuse either if they were opened before me”
98 Jane Anson / Decanter “This vintage delivers a beautiful, classic style of Canon that is right at the top of what St-Émilion can offer. Compact and dense without being hard, it is finely structured both in terms of the texture of the cassis and blackberry fruits and in the shape of the tannins. It demonstrates a clear minerality and a feather-brushing of violet notes. This is less obviously sexy than 2015, but is a wine that offers a masterclass in what limestone terroir can convey - salinity, succulence, hints of austerity and reserves of power. I retasted it a few times, and the main take away of what to expect is layers of flavour and huge persistency. The details of how they worked the vintage are an added bonus to understanding how they achieved this result. When it started getting hot and dry, they left all green cover on the vines, and did no green harvesting except tidying up in September. The result was loading the vines to avoid over-concentration. 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, with the final blend aged in 70% new oak. 3.6pH.”
18.5 Jancis MW “Lively dark crimson. Very smart and complex on the nose - distinctively different. Really focused and rich but not sweet. Real lift and drive. So complete! Opulent on the nose but nothing remotely simple and sweet. Throbs with excitement.”
96-97 James Suckling “Very intense aromas already of pure berry, mineral and spice. Full body yet refined and tight with gorgeous linear and refined character. Beautiful and classic beauty.”