2021 - Cuve 8A PRIMEUR
‘The 2021 Canon Chaigneau Cuve 8a was cropped at just 8hL/ha and aged in tank rather than wood. It has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry and tertiary scents and a touch of iris petal. The medium-bodied palate offers marine-influenced, crunchy black fruit and gentle grip on the finely proportioned finish. This Lalande-de-Pomerol is well worth seeking out.’
Neal Martin, 90-92
'Canon Chaigneau (Lalande de Pomerol; 93% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Malbec; 13% alcohol; a final vineyard yield of 23.7 hl/ha). A step up in quality from the Cuve 8a Beton variant, with softer tannins, above all on the attack. There is more layering and detail in the mid-palate too. We have the same sense of purity and focussed precision, though the wood tannins bring just the slightest hint of dryness to the otherwise impressive, long and tapering finish. The ferrous minerality that is very evident in the Beton cuvee is more restrained and better incorporated here, allowing the crunchy red berry and stone fruit to take the spotlight. This should age graciously.' Colin Hay 89-91.
‘The 2021 Château Canon Chaigneau Cuve 8A, which is made by the former maître de chai of Cheval Blanc, Thierry Garnaud, is a forward, pretty, incredibly attractive Lalande de Pomerol offering lots of red fruits, some floral, spicy nuances, medium-bodied richness, and wonderful purity, as well as a great finish. It has outstanding potential. This cuvée, which was formerly known as Beton, sees no wood. The blend is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.’
Jeb Dunnuck, 89-91