The 2005 Canon is all brawn and muscle. Chunky tannins give the 2005 a decidedly virile feel. There is plenty of depth and freshness – this is after all one of the very best sites in all of Bordeaux – so the 2005 will hold for many years to come. Dark fruit, leather, smoke, gravel, crushed rocks and spice linger on the potent finish. Tasting the 2005 today really highlights how far Canon has come in recent years
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045
Robert Parker 95
Tasted at the Chateau Canon vertical, the 2005 Canon is evolving into a quite gorgeous Saint Emilion. One can still discern those brown spices infiltrating the ripe red and black fruit. There is fine mineralite here, great focus, perhaps just a hint of dried blood that develops with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It is a very complex Saint Emilion with immense purity and style, a wine that you have to keep coming back to in order to understand. It’s at that pivotal stage between primary and secondary notes, the red and black fruit being overtaken by cedar, morels and a touch of game. It gently lifts and fans out to a quite captivating finish. 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. Tasted October 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040
Tasted blind. Some evolution at the rim of dark ruby. Light, sweet nose. Some real juiciness. Lots of graphite chewiness on the finish. Not yet ready.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040