“Winemakers say they are looking for balance all the time, but here you feel it, with tiny pulses of electricity that appear from beginning to end of the palate.”
98 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER (on 2019 Chateau Canon)
Today sees the release of Chateau Canon of Saint-Emilion and Chateau Rauzan-Segla of Margaux, two of the most in demand and over-subscribed wines of any En Primeur campaign. The 16-25% reduction in release price for these wines compared to their 2018 counterparts, will only increase the demand for some of the most well-priced wines in Bordeaux.
Whilst Jane Anson is the only major critic to have reviewed the wines, she awarded Chateau Canon the joint highest score of the appellation, alongside Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Beausejour. Chateau Rauzan-Segla was also one the highest scoring wines of its appellation, below just Chateau Margaux and Chateau Palmer.
Both Chateaux are on tremendous runs of form, benefiting hugely from a massive investment in both the vineyards and wineries since being acquired by CHANEL (Canon in 2006 and Rauzan-Segla in 1994). This upswing in quality has not resulted in an escalation in prices, which have been kept deliberately low, and it has made these tremendously popular and some of the smartest buys in the region.
We also see the release of Chateau Berliquet, which since 2018 has been under full ownership of neighbouring Chateau Canon and is produced by the same winemaking team, headed up by Nicolas Audebert.
Chateau Berliquet is in fact one of the oldest properties in Saint-Emilion and is enclosed by the vineyards of Chateau Canon and not far from Chateau Angelus on the Magdelaine plateau - some of the finest terroir in the appellation.
The team behind Canon were keen to acquire this legendary property, knowing the huge potential of its vineyards. They believe them to be of equal quality to those of Canon, however due to a higher amount of clay in the soil offer an alternative complimentary expression of Saint-Emilion.
"The black fruits burrow downwards through the palate at first, keeping things pretty closed, everything holding its breath, before the fruit opens. There is the precision of Rauzan Ségla that is reminiscent of the 2016, less of the immediate voluptuous impact of 2018 but the density becomes extremely clear in the glass. A serious Rauzan, cassis and cedar, still with a rinse of iris flowers to give it the Margaux touch. 3.73pH. 50/50 1st and 2nd wine. A yield of 42l/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044"
96 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER
"Sleek, elegant and appealing even before you get your nose near the glass. Aromatically it is deep and rich, and then it revs up and takes off. Dense, compact and intense, zingy limestone vibrancy and grip. Winemakers say they are looking for balance all the time, but here you feel it, with tiny pulses of electricity that appear from beginning to end of the palate. Salinity on the finish with gunsmoke and extremely moreish blueberry and blackberry fruit, with a creamy texture as things open up. 50% new oak. Thomas Duclos consults. Drinking Window 2028 - 2050"
98 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER
"Vibrant damson in colour. I love the deep creaminess that is evident from the first nose, with hints of cocoa and gunsmoke. There is more clay here than at Canon; about 50% of the vineyard has a clay layer over the limestone whereas at Canon it is closer to 10%, meaning Berliquet is less ethereal, more urgent and powerful, still with precision and feathery chalky tannins. They have restored the underground limestone cellars for barrel ageing. A yield of 45hl/ha. 45% new oak, for what is the 2nd full year of the Canon team working the vineyard. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042"
93 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER