2017 Canon, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355621 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Showing spectacularly, the 2017 Chateau Canon checks in as a final blend of 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc that’s from one of the most exceptional terroirs in the appellation. Hitting 14% alcohol (the pH is 3.66), it reveals a ruby/purple hue as well as gorgeously sweet raspberries and cassis-like fruit interwoven with notes of spring flowers, rose petal, white chocolate, and spice. While it doesn’t have the massive opulence of the 2015 and 2016, it’s more classically styled as well flawlessly balanced, with a terrific sense of minerality, ultra-fine tannins, and a brilliant finish. Give bottles 5-7 years in the cellar, and it will evolve gracefully for 30-40 years. Hats off to Nicolas Audebert as well as the team of Thomas Duclos for one of the wines of the vintage! Inner quote mark (2/2020)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Nicolas Audebert and his team have done it again. The 2017 Canon is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. Rich and vertical in construction, the 2017 possesses off-the-charts richness and intensity in all of its dimensions. In the glass, the 2017 is sumptuous and layered, with superb detail and tons of sheer pedigree. In 20 years, readers will have a fabulous time tasting the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 together and debating their respective merits. Dark plum fruit, striking Franc aromatics and the clean, focused energy of Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau make for a ravishing, exquisite wine of the highest level. In a word: breathtaking. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Canon bursts from the glass with expressive notions of baked black cherries, kirsch, plum preserves and black raspberries plus hints of red roses, Ceylon tea, black olives and fertile loam. Medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant and refined, with a soft, finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) 96+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Canon remains pretty austere at this stage with the Cabernet Franc dominating. It's not as immediately seductive as some years, but you can feel the bedding down of the tannins, restraining the elegance and floral minerality but not hiding it completely. Sit with it in the glass and you start to feel a wine that rises above the vintage. This is one of the very few where you feel that in 10 years time it will clearly be better than it is today, most do not have that grace and confidence. I love the juicy finish here. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Extremely perfumed with blackcurrants, flowers, gunmetal, gunpowder and blackberries. Full-bodied, tight and reserved. The tannins are so tightly knit and just run through the center. Needs at least three or four years to open. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Dark and dense, this is a massive wine. Big tannins are paralleled by concentrated blackberry fruits to give a wine that is both juicy and impressively rich. Structure and power are likely to be tamed as the wine ages. (RV) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A subtle savory note leads the way, backed by ample cassis, plum and black cherry fruit aromas and flavors. Tobacco and dark earth details fill in on the finish, which shows solid cut and drive. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Beautifully scented in a dark-fruited and subtly leafy way. Lots of Cabernet Franc character – cedar and cassis leaf – adding freshness too. Subtle and supple. Long, finely dry persistence. I am not sure if I would have put this in St-Émilion if I had tasted it blind – delicate and long and elegant. I think you could broach this in relative youth. The alcohol is completely hidden. 17/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2018 | Send Email
Classic Canon! Perfectly ripe and pure without a hint of over ripeness, dry, persistently long finish and as always, incredibly elegant. Love it! Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
Canon 2017 will live in the shadows of an epic 2015 and 2016, but it has potential all the same to turn into something very rewarding in time. A bit reticent at this early stage, it still showed great refinement with a seamless texture, bright red fruit, and a good persistence. While some St Emilions used wood to mask anything missing, there is good purity and transparency in 2017 Canon. Less dense than its predecessors, it should be accessible relatively early and drink for the following decade without issue. Drink 2021-2032.

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