Saint Emilion - Chateau Canon
Château Canon, originally Clos St-Martin, is a Bordeaux wine from the Saint-Émilion appellation, ranked among the Premiers grands crus classés B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located just southwest of the old town of Saint-Émilion within the commune of the same name, closely neighbouring the estates such as Château Magdelaine, Château La Gaffelière and Château Ausone and has since the early 20th century been considered one of the top Saint-Émilions.
There seem to be conflicting theories as to where Chateau Canon took its name. Logically, it would appear that Canon is a phonetic spelling of Kanon - the first owner. But the Fontemoing family, who just purchased the estate already owned a property in Fronsac named Chateau Canon when they bought their St. Emilion vineyards.
The château overlooks a gentle slope where vines have been grown for a millennium. This vineyard is surrounded by stone walls and stretches as far as the village of Saint-Émilion. The vineyard area extends 21.5 hectares (of which 13 lie within the original clos) with grape varieties of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc. It’s reasonable to assume they wanted to expand their brand name, and began selling both of their wines under the same name of Chateau Canon. Either way, by 1770, the wines of what we know of today as Chateau Canon had become an established St. Emilion wine.
Like the maison Chanel, who have owned Canon since 1996, Château Canon epitomises a style that is timeless, elegant and always fashionable.
Chateau Canon annually produces on average 7,500 cases of the Grand vin Chateau Canon and the second wine Clos de Canon.