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Château Canon: Tasting Notes

Château Canon: Tasting & Drinking

Château Canon has not always met with universal approval from all critics, and I think if these opinions are based on a long view across several decades then such criticisms may in some vintages be very warranted. There was certainly a decline here in the latter part of the 20th century, and a tangible recovery under the new owners. On the other hand, I have friends who swear by the wines of this estate and who will make a beeline for this wine first, every time, and of course these drinkers are looking at the more recent vintages and not the history books. Whether the wines of Château Canon suit your plate is clearly a matter of taste and personal preference, nevertheless I don’t think anyone can deny that there has been huge investment and a great recovery here in recent years, and the quality of the wine is now patently on the rise.

Château Canon

Older vintages, from the time before the Wertheimers and John Kolasa came on board, have a reputation for being rather solid, robust and foursquare. I confess I don’t have a huge experience with very ancient vintages to make a personal comment on this. Nevertheless, in recent years the evidence from my tastings show that quality is very good, surely the result of all the investment and hard work put in here. Just as we have seen at Château Rauzan-Ségla, John Kolasa has overseen a huge turn-around in Canon’s fortunes.

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