Chateau Canon has been on a meteoric rise over the past 5 years largely led to the unprecedented breakout success of the 2015 vintage (currently trading at £825 per case of 6, up 55% from its initial release price of £375 per 6), which is why we are thrilled to have unearthed a rare parcel of one of their greatest all-time vintages, the “brilliant” 2005, available today at just £660 per case of 6 IB. The 2005 vintage has been celebrated as a uniformly great one across both the left and right bank in Bordeaux, highlighted by critics such as Jancis Robinson as being “chock full of everything – fruit, acidity, colour and tannin” and this all around brilliance was immediately detectable from the barrel for Chateau Canon with Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate recognising it as, “the finest Canon produced under the Chanel ownership and John Kolasa’s administration.”
Fast forward to 10 years on, when re-tasted in the bottle, Neal Martin once again confirmed that the 2005 vintage is the finest Canon of the decade, “Dare I say that the 2005 Canon is the pick of the three over 2009 and 2010? There…I’ve said it…it is a quite brilliant wine” awarding it a stellar 95 point score. Jeb Dunnuck offers similarly effusive praise with his own 95 point score, praising “it’s incredibly elegant and pure. A gorgeous, layered, seamless wine that blossoms with a decant, it unquestionably has another 20-25 years of prime drinking.” Considering that this gem is only just now entering its peak drinking window we believe that it is an exceptional wine for the price and worth securing right away while cases remain.
Chateau Canon boasts some of the most desirable terroir in all of St. Emilion atop of the famed limestone plateau. Its roots date back to the early 1700s when it was part of the Clos St. Martin vineyard until 1760, when it was purchased by Jacques Kanon, a French naval officer turned privateer. For the centuries which followed, it passed through the hands of several families until 1996, when it was purchased by brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, owners of Chanel, who injected the necessary capital to replant much of the vineyard and modernize the facilities. The Wertheimers installed John Kolasa as Technical Director who was also running the Wertheimer’s Margaux estate, Rauzan Segla, after having been the commercial manager at Chateau Latour from 1987 -1994. His meticulous care of the Estate returned Chateau Canon to its full, glorious potential until 2015 when Kolasa announced his retirement from both Rauzan Segla and Canon, leaving the estates in the immeasurably capable hands of Nicolas Audebert. Today Audebert continues to guide these two estates to greater heights in seemingly every vintage along with Chateau Berliequet
Today the vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with the intention of increasing the percentage of Cabernet Franc over time. The average age of the vines is 30 years, although some date back to the 1930s. The wine is aged for 18 months in 50% new oak barrels. The caves underneath the chateau are some of the most extensive in St. Emilion and in fact one can walk to Beau-Sejour-Becot or Clos Fourtet entirely underground, although gates prevent one from wandering into their wine cellars.