Chateau Canon is a Premier Grand Cru Classe (B) estate in the heart of Saint Emilion. In the early 1700s the estate was simply part of the Clos St. Martin vineyard. Then, in 1760, it was purchased by Jacques Kanon, a French naval officer turned privateer, who built walls around the estate and the grand Chateau. Over the centuries the estate passed through the control of several families. The caves underneath the Chateau are some of the most extensive in Saint Emilion; one can even walk to Beau-Sejour-Becot or Clos Fourtet entirely underground, although sadly gates prevent one from wandering into their wine cellars.

In 1996 Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, the owners of luxury brand Chanel, purchased the Chateau and injected the necessary capital to replant many of the vineyards and modernise the facilities. The brothers decided to install John Kolasa as Technical Director – having proved a success at the brother’s other estate in Margaux, Rauzan-Segla. After Kolasa’s retirement in 2015, the talented Nicholas Audebert took over the role; the quality, reputation and demand for Chateau Canon continues to grow under his direction.

With a 70-30 split in the vineyards between Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the terroir is both clay and limestone which lends power and minerality to the Chateau’s wines. The average age of the vines is 30 years, however there are some which date back to the 1930s. Chateau Canon is typically an intense and concentrated wine with aromas of ripe dark berries, liquorice and spices, often showing its best with at least 10-15 years of bottle ageing. The estate also produces a second wine, Croix Canon, which offers great value for money.

Available Wines

2020 Croix Canon, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

£144/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2021 Chateau Canon Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 3x75cl

£225/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur

2019 Croix Canon, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

£160/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate