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2020 Canon, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539478 98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Canon is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of powdered cinnamon, clove oil, star anise and dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in grace, delivering exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness to support the tight-knit black, red and blue fruit layers, finishing long with loads of exotic spices and mineral sparks. An exhilarating triumph! (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

99 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is intense, structured and concentrated yet with an abundance of violet and peony notes that curl up through the tannins, combining halfway through the palate with blueberry, raspberry, tobacco, gunsmoke and sculpted, precise pulses of chalk minerality. There is just so much to talk about with this wine, but the overall impression is of dozens of carefully crafted elements that steal up on you. It's hard not to be convinced by its success - and as ever with Canon you are in no doubt as to how well it will age. Gorgeous. 50% new barrels. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

98-99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wow. This is really exceptional with super density of fruit that remains clear and agile. Blackberries, currants, violets and spice, as well as some chalk and salt. It really goes on for minutes. Best of the trilogy? Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2020 Château Canon is another brilliant wine in a long line of brilliant wines from this incredible team and consistent estate. Coming from the upper plateau (unquestionably one of the finest terroirs on the upper plateau) and 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc, it offers a perfumed, ethereal nose of red and blue fruits, violets, white flowers, and unsmoked tobacco. With riveting purity, full-bodied richness, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it’s going to push the upper limits of my scale. Hats off to technical director Nicolas Audebert and his team for another insanely good wine. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Canon nailed it this year, the best since the benchmark 2015/2016 vintages. It has one of those bouquets that stops the clock thanks to its breathtaking delineation and focus, fragrant black cherries, bilberry, shucked oyster shell and crushed rock aromas. It is cool, calm and collected. The palate possesses exquisite definition, armed with simply crystalline red fruit matched with a perfect silver bead of acidity. There is tangible tension from the start and it fans out gloriously toward the pixelated finish. Chapeau! (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

95-97 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2020 Canon is a gorgeous, sophisticated wine. Silky and soaring, Canon is vertical in build, with a real sense of explosive energy that give the wine its shape. Rose petal, lavender, mint, spice and ripe red/purplish berry fruit all meld together effortlessly. The 2020 is an especially airy, understated Canon. I can't wait to see how it ages." (6/2021)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2021 | Send Email
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These guys/gals are on top of their game. Great wines year after year like in the early 80s-try 1982 and 1983. Tons of black fruits with some chocoate mixed in. Quite rich and sweet on the palate. Fruit is hiding the tannins. Close to 2015 in quality and $100 less.
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