2011 Canon, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
A firm and tannic wine, it has the weight to support its tannins. It’s balanced, solid and dense, with a powerful shot of black fruits.
A wine with balance and freshness with an orange peel and blueberry character. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and clean, bright finish. Merlot 70% and 30% Cabernet France. This has a little more Cabernet Franc. than in past recent vintages.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Lovely perfume of strawberry, red berries and white pepper, with the cabernet franc component currently dominating. Captivating and refined, showing lovely inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of red berries, minerals and flower. Finishes with mounting, polished tannins. A very pure, lacy wine in the making.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Canon is primarily Merlot blended with 25-30% Cabernet Franc from the estate’s 85 acres (now one of St.-Emilion’s largest properties since they have been purchasing adjacent parcels on the top of St.-Emilion’s limestone plateau). With 13.5% natural alcohol, the traditionally-styled 2011 possesses a deep ruby/purple color, sweet plum, black currant and mossy/forest floor-like notes, a hint of crushed chalk, and a medium-bodied, zesty finish displaying sweet tannin as well as vibrant acidity. This wine will require 2-4 years of cellaring and should drink well for 15 or more.
*½ Good richness. Very well made. Depends on price. Trey: Sweet red fruits, fleshy, jammy mouthfeel, firm and tannic. Good wine. 90-92 points.