September 18, 2020
The 100-100-100 Point “2015 Masterpiece” Recalls the “Classics such as the 1929, 1947 and 1964.” Plus New
Arrivals from Bordeaux including everything from 1996 Margaux to the Last of 2016 Lynch Bages.
“This 2015 is masterpiece from Nicolas Audebert and his team at Canon” –Antonio Galloni
“… has an overarching structure that will see it age in similar fashion to past classics such as the 1929, 1947 and 1964.” – Neal Martin
“…the 2010 Canon appears to be the finest wine made at this estate since the 1982. Aficionados of this 50-acre vineyard situated on the top of the St.-Emilion plateau will have fun comparing the 2009 and 2010 over the next 30 years.” –Robert Parker
Rewind to four years ago, and it was the 2015 Château Canon (100NM/100AG) “masterpiece” that became one of the fastest selling Bordeaux in en primeur history! It is a legendary wine in the making, a wine that will be discussed in collector circles for decades to come - as this is the wine of the 2015 vintage right alongside of Château Margaux. It will forever be remembered as the wine that turned the collector world upside down and left enthusiasts fighting to secure what little they could. This is what makes today’s offering so special.
There is truth to the hype here! Ask myself, members of our buying team, and anyone in the trade, “What wine and Château have been most impressive, not just during a trip to taste 2015 Bordeaux, but over the past few years in general?” At the top of the list, along the likes of Haut Bailly, Vieux Château Certan, Pichon Lalande, Carmes des Haut Brion, Lafleur, and La Conseillante, it would be the historic, but rising star of Château Canon. However, it is not solely because of their high-profile releases from 2015, 2016, and 2018 Canon, it is also their underrated wines like the overachieving 2014 Canon, as well as
collector staples from 2009 and 2010, which at ten years of age are just beginning to show their magic.
Chateau Canon is one of the historic Châteaux located on the hillside outside of the medieval Saint-Émilion and it is its prized location on top of the limestone plateau that separates it from many other notable addresses in the area. Like Burgundy, this is sacred limestone that is the soul of the wines. It is here that vines have been planted since the 1700’s and produced some magical wines. And what we appreciate best about them is that these are not over-extracted or fruit-driven, these are among the most long-lived wines of Saint-Émilion. They are the type of Bordeaux that can please the Burghead and the Bordeaux enthusiast that appreciates finesse and structure in addition to elegance.
We are now able to present this special vertical direct from the Chateau! With the exception of the 2009, these wines are just arriving into New York and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kudos to 2015 and 2016, but also all the sleepers and benchmarks that came before it!
Featured Wine: Chateau Canon Library Release and New Arrivals Direct from Bordeaux
New Arrivals - Ready to Ship
Les Pagodes Cos d’Estournel
Malescot St Exupery
La Gravette de Certan
Malescot St Exupery
Pichon Comtesse Lalande
Pichon Comtesse de Lalande
Smith Haut Lafitte
Leoville Las Cases
Vieux Chateau Certan
As for the 300+ wines I tasted from the 2015 en primeur campaign, certainly the 2015 stood out, but I also want to draw your attention away from 2015 for one moment and back on the historic Château Canon. What collectors should know is that this iconic Château did not just return to its immortal glory in the years of 1928 and 1929 overnight to produce a modern-day wine of perfection. This has been a work in progress since John Kolasa left Château Latour and took control in 1994. This is a Right Bank Chateau that demands attention in much the same way as Vieux Chateau Certan, La Conseillante, Larcis Ducasse and Château L’If has attained over the past few years. There is something magical about these wines and it includes elegance, finesse and structure before extraction.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
2015 Chateau Canon, Saint-Emilion
100 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2015 Canon is going to be a benchmark for this historic estate. A blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, it was cropped at 42 hl/ha between 14-25 September and 30 September until 2 October respectively. The alcohol level is an average 14.5% with a pH 3.78, matured for 18 months in 70% new barrels (except for one barrel of Cabernet Franc that they will bottle separately - just to see). Lucid in color, it has an intense bouquet that exudes extraordinary purity with scents of raspberry, wild strawberry, limestone and violets. It makes a huge impression. The palate is medium-bodied and multilayered with vivacious red and black fruit infused with minerals. The acidity lends the tension here from start to finish, but what this Canon possesses unlike the dozens of other vintages that I have tasted, is an overarching structure that will see it age in similar fashion to past classics such as the 1929, 1947 and 1964. It lingers very long in the mouth, the oak just surfacing a little on the aftertaste, although that will be subsumed with time. This estate has been in the ascendant in recent vintages under winemaker John Kolasa and now Nicolas Audebert, together with a benevolent growing season, has elevated Canon to a level that few could have predicted. Drink: 2025 – 2060”
100 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “From the very beginning, the 2015 Canon has made an eloquent case for itself as one of the wines of the vintage. Multiple tastings from bottle only confirm what several early tastings hinted at: the 2015 Canon is simply extraordinary in every way. Sumptuous and exotic, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, the 2015 grabs hold of all the senses and never lets up. A rush of red fruit intermingled with floral notes, spice and smoke notes effortlessly runs up the wine's vertical structure as the 2015 thrills with every twist and turn. The 2015 Canon is a rare wine that is both hedonistic and intellectual - well, maybe it is a bit more hedonistic-leaning. It doesn't matter. Don't miss it. This 2015 is masterpiece from General Manager Nicolas Auderbert and his team at Canon.”
2016 Chateau Canon, Saint-Emilion
97 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2016 Canon has the unenviable task of following the astonishing 2015, and it does a damn good job, even if it doesn’t reach the same ethereal heights. There is a pleasing strictness and poise on the nose; this is less immediate than the 2015, yet intellectual, a Canon that expresses its terroir rather than tons of fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, a smooth texture and a slightly savory but persistent finish, which feels a little plusher than the 2015, implying that this might drink a little earlier. But there is unquestionably immense breeding locked into this rejuvenated Saint-Émilion, which is now firmly ensconced among the top-flight Right Banks.”
2010 Chateau Canon, Saint-Emilion
96 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: “You know you are on the Right Bank limestone plateau with this wine not by the fruit character, which is savoury, dark and concentrated, but by the juicy finish, which remains a little austere even after 10 years. After 15 minutes in the glass it opens up to be gloriously appetising and sapid (a word that is used much more frequently in French, and that sums up why limestone soils can transmit such appetising, drinkable and mouth watering flavours and textures, and why wines of this type work so well with food). At this stage it is the 2009 that delivers a readier-to-drink wine, but this is subtle and complex and has pulsating sense of purpose.” 1/2020
2009 Chateau Canon, Saint-Emilion
99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2009 Chateau Canon is brilliant in every regard and certainly one of the finest wines from this estate I've ever tasted. Based on 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet from a Grand Cru terroir located on the upper, limestone-driven plateau outside of the village of Saint-Emilion, it’s still youthfully ruby-colored and boasts a beautiful perfume of blackberries, black raspberries, white flowers, chalky minerality, truffle, and dried flowers. Firing on all cylinders, with incredible complexity and sweetness in its aromatics, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a multi-dimensional texture, building tannins, and a finish that won't quit.”
Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.
All the best,