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2020 Cuve 8a

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Our sensational 2020s are in bottle and available for your cellar! 

2020 is 'truly exceptional, highly unique and an utterly spectacular vintage’ wrote Colin Hay, and ranks amongst the best ever here at Canon Chaigneau! 

For more information about the 2020 vintage and the climate context, click here.

Thierry Garnaud, winemaker at Cheval Blanc for 38 vintages, wanted to try his hand at something different. A pure expression of a unique terroir, but more modern, without oak, and available as an everyday drinker, without breaking the bank. 

‘8a’ is the identity in our chai of the cuve in which this wine is lovingly crafted. Made from specific parcels of slightly younger vines, it’s vinified & matured solely in concrete, and can be enjoyed sooner than it’s ‘grand vin’ sibling. Not a second wine, but very much a different cuvée. 

‘The 2020 en Béton from Canon Chaigneau, which eschews oak barrels, perhaps has a little more harmony and refinement than the regular cuvée this year, with attractive black and blueberry fruit. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, a little more rondeur compared to the regular cuvée, and a lovely spiciness on the finish. This should age well in bottle. Excellent'. Neal Martin, 90-92.

‘A well-located estate on the plateau of Néac in Lalande. The previous owners sold mainly in bulk but under new owner Romik Arconian this is changing to 100% in bottle. You get the clear spice and chewy tannins of the Malbec, even with this tiny amount in the blend. Savoury spice on the finish also, and the tannins are rustic right now, although will smooth over ageing. Unoaked (aged in cement vats only, hence the name) - unusual in Lalande, gives an appealing, unfussy feel'. Jane Anson, 89.

'This is bigger and richer on the nose…– with a lovely half-roasted coffee bean element alongside the wild herbs, cracked black peppercorns, cassis, dark berry and stone fruit. It is deeper and glossier too, more opulent, more dense and compact… fine-grained tannins … impressive length and sense of focused precision…. saline-ferrous minerality… rapid progression in the precision of the wine-making and the quality of the tannin management'. Colin Hay, 90-92+.

Gold Medal Concours Terre de vins.

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