2009 Canon, St-Emilion

SKU #1093659 96 points James Suckling

 Aromas of nuts, spices, chocolate powder, then changes to fruits and flowers. Fascinating. Full body, with silky tannins and a wonderful intensity and super polished tannins with a long, long finish. Super refined. Best Canon in years. Try in 2016.  (3/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Château Canon vertical, the 2009 Canon is turning into the great wine it was predestined to become. A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc (the same as 2010 incidentally), the nose is clearly more flattering, more opulent than the 2010 with an explosion of blackberry, melted tar, kirsch and dried violet petals; here, the Merlot is more expressive than the Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a voluminous Saint Emilion with an accentuated savory element that fans out towards the long and persistent finish. It's here that the Cabernet Franc takes over and delivers that long, long finish. This is a Canon that reminds me of Cheval Blanc...it's that good. Tasted October 2015. (NM)  (3/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Hugely dense, foursquare wine with great fruit and the purest tannins. Chocolate and coffee predominate at the same time as sweet tannins and acidity. A wine that combines charm with great power. (RV)  (2/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is a creamy, lush, hedonist's wine, with suave, textured layers of fig sauce, puréed plum and cassis woven with hints of mocha and pain d'épices. Picks up grip though, joined by a roasted mesquite hint on the finish for added length. Best from 2014 through 2025. (JM)  (3/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Superripe, slightly roasted aromas of cherry, graphite, spices and herbs. Then thick, sweet and very ripe on the palate but a bit youthfully restrained. This full-bodied Canon could use a bit more lift but maintains very good focus. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length. (ST)  (7/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Round and complete and very subtle and well balanced. Superlative. Love the fact that it's so luscious yet it finishes dry. Very long. 18.5/20 points.  (1/2013)

K&L Notes

"A sweet and sexy wine. Soft and lovely. Red currant flavors. Long." (Clyde Beffa, K&L) "Bright and elegant, with great balance. Delicious. Their best in years!" (Ralph Sands, K&L).

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2016 | Send Email
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The great solar vintage really shines bright here. Toasty oak and vanilla aromas. So opulent with great spice and lively acidity—Blackberries abound.
Drink from 2016 to 2036

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2012 | Send Email
This is a powerful with huge tannins and very concentrated. Age worthy is an understatement easily capable of 20 years. Bright heady red and black fruit on the nose along with chocolate and macerated plums. The ripe dense fruit is layered with an plenty of baking spices and dark chocolate with the long finish showing an underlying almost chalky minerality.

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- 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion