2012 Canon, St-Emilion

SKU #1238159 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. 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. (RV)  (4/2013)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. 92+ points. (RP)  (4/2015)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright red-ruby. Coffee and chocolate scents of new oak complement deep strawberry and dark cherry aromas on the brooding nose. On the palate, sweet cassis, black plum and mineral flavors are lifted by an element of peppery herbs. Finishes youthfully dry, with building tannins and suggestions of herbs, pepper and mint. Lovely balance and precision here: Canon has really turned the corner in the last several years. (IDA)  (6/2013)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Displays a rather firm coating of chalk dust and vanilla notes, with a core of subdued plum and blackberry fruit. Verges on an extracted feel, but comes out solid and sculpted in the end. (JM)  (4/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Racy meat-extract nose. Good energy and vitality without too much exaggeration. Just a hint of cocoa powder. Very polished. 17/20 points. (JR)  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

"Owned by the Wertheimers (also the proprietors of the enormously successful haut-couture house of Chanel), this is a pure, stylish, nicely textured, impressive effort from a superb terroir on the limestone plateau of St.-Emilion. The final blend was 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, and yields were a modest 35 hectoliters per hectare." (Wine Advocate, 4/2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2016 | Send Email
70% Merlot and 30% Cab Franc. Soft and elegant. Unctuous with tons of black fruits on the palate.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion