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2018 Canon, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407919 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A beautiful Canon that performs the 360-degree trick in your mouth of expanding up, down and out. Of course a little austere right now at this young age, but already walking the tightrope towards richness; the creaminess in the texture becomes clear after 20 minutes in the glass. This has salinity, purity, precision and grip, showing its distinct personality and its ability to draw juice and mouthwatering expression from the fruits. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The Grand Vin is the 2018 Château Canon, which is based on 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc brought up in 52% new French oak. Its incredible bouquet delivers richness paired with amazing freshness and precision, offering loads of crème de cassis and darker berry fruits intermixed with classic Saint-Emilion chalky minerality, graphite, scorched earth, and spring flowers. Gorgeous on the palate as well, with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and again, this wonderful sense of freshness paired with ample richness, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will evolve for 30+ years. The 2009 and 2015 are still my favorite vintages of this wine, but this is up there with the best of them. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberries and tar with wet-earth and dark-bark aromas. Dark-chocolate and brownie notes, too. It’s full-bodied with creamy tannins and a round, caressing finish. Lovely focus and intensity, though dense and layered. Extremely creamy and polished. Really precise and bespoke. It already opens beautifully on the palate. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Canon is every bit as magnificent from bottle as it was from barrel. Maybe more so. Vertical and explosive in the glass, Canon sizzles with tension and vibrancy. Readers will find a majestic, soaring Grand Cru Classé that captures all the magic of Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau. Canon exudes mind-blowing precision and deliciousness. It is another magnificent effort from Technical Director Nicolas Audebert and his team. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Canon has a pH of 3.69 and 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple in color, it tumbles effortlessly out of the glass with a gorgeous perfume of candied violets, preserved plums, black cherry compote and Ceylon tea with hints of kirsch, powdered cinnamon, chocolate box and fertile loam. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with juicy black fruit layers, supported by plush, oh-so-soft tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and fragrant. (LPB) 97+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This estate owned by the Chanel luxury group continues its winning streak with this latest release. Dark and firm at this stage but with obviously powerful, rich black fruits, the wine is destined for a long aging. Tannins and structure pour through dense blackberry and damson flavors, leaving room for a succulent aftertaste. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe and focused, with a core of plum, black cherry and raspberry compote notes that are still a bit coiled up, though inlaid with a racy chalky spine and notes of black tea and tobacco that should all meld as it stretches out in the cellar. A restrained, refined, lengthy wine that drips with class. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black almost to the rim. Smells as dark as the Berliquet but immediately more refined in its lightly spiced and intense but not overly sweet cassis. Dry tannic finesse adds to the freshness. Finest grain to the tannins even though they are deep and compact. Totally embryonic and much less approachable than the Pessacs just tasted but lovely harmony for a long future. (JH) 17++/20 Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Canon was picked starting on September 7 and finishing on October 9. Given a two-hour decant, it reveals a surprisingly precocious bouquet, more exuberant than I recall from barrel, offering predominantly black fruit, though the floral element is now amplified and masks the crushed limestone I observed previously (for how long?) The palate delivers multilayered black cherry and blueberry fruit, wrapped up in supple tannins and such a cashmere texture that it feels deceptively approachable when in truth, it has the substance and persistence to merit long-term aging. I wagered that it is the best Canon since the watershed 2015. Don’t expect me to alter that view." (3/2021)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2019 | Send Email
This is a nicely concentrated claret, with a robust perfume of dark peppery fruit, minerals, black currants and smoke. It's elegant and velvety on the palate with firm yet smooth tannins. It has a subtle balancing acidity and a long dark fruit-driven finish framed by pleasant herbal notes.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2019 | Send Email
Lovely fresh nose of red fruits, spice and toasty oak. Pure, sweet and elegant in the mouth. This wine is focused, precise and silky. Tannins are integrated and ripe. 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2019 | Send Email
Deep old vine Merlot flavors, but not a hint of over ripeness and lifted up by great freshness! Flavorful tasty wine with great finesse and elegance. Just Superb 2.5 Stars. Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2019 | Send Email
2018 Canon is another winner for a property whose profile is rising to the elite of the Right Bank in recent years. There's great depth and wonderfully integrated acidity that frames deep red fruits and very fine texture. The purity is impressive as it finishes long. It is compact with a lot of stuffing - there is no doubt that it will age beautifully but only time will tell if it can rival the heights of their brilliant 2015 or 2016. But the fact that it is in that mold is a good sign.

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