About us - Trial (relative sizing)
Château Canon Chaigneau is located in Néac, the much more reputable higher plateau of the Pomerol appellation.
At Canon Chaigneau, we are lucky enough to have a terroir of clay, limestone & iron deposits; very similar to that of the nearby Château Petrus, (just 1.2 km away to the south west) adding genuine complexity and making for excellent, refined & age worthy wines.
Indeed, the Romans recognised the greatness of our terroir, and winemaking began here almost 2000 years ago...
Thierry Garnaud has been in charge of the chai since 1995, & will continue to make the wine for some years to come.
Thierry was maître de chai at Cheval Blanc from 1988 – 2018, responsible for such 100 point legends as the 1990, '98, 2000, '03, '05, '06, '08, '10, '15 & 2016.
His savoir-faire and talent is undisputed; Making the wine with the same passion & alchemy that he had at Cheval Blanc, the wines share the same ‘iron fist in velvet glove’ structure & sensuality.
Renowned critic Professor Colin Hay (The Drinks Business, Decanter) stated of the 2011 “Tasted blind one would not pick the vintage and might well imagine oneself the other side of the appellation boundary – in Pomerol itself.”
We specialise in blending tradition with modernity: from impeccably run vineyards, to top quality concrete vats.
Produced traditionally according to 'La lutte raisonnée' (literally 'the reasoned struggle') - using less chemicals than conventional growers.
We are 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet & 5% Pressac (More commonly known as Malbec, outside of Bordeaux) with a good and regular harvest of ~120,000 bottles per year
We vinify in a traditionally equipped, excellent quality cement cuverie, then age in cement cuves and old oak barrels. From the 2019 vintage onwards, the wine will be in 30% new French Oak.