Interesting background on the wine and vineyard. Since 1961 the vineyard was owned by the Marin family (originally from Algeria). The children inherited the vineyard from their parents in the late sixties and Luis Marin managed the vineyard, his son is the Chef in Cheval Blanc, with no one in the family interested in continuing in the vineyard they decided to sell in 2019.
Romik Arconian stepped up as a potential buyer. He was born in the UK but finished his business degree in Paris and decided to stay, setting up a wine distribution business, which he sold in 2017. He began the search for a vineyard to buy. He was originally looking at the south of France, but everything was overpriced. He discovered Canon Chaigneau, it was also over his budge, so he got a few investors together, which proved difficult as one or two pulled out during Covid, eventually the original owners agreed to stay as minority stakeholders with a 30% stake and the sale was agreed.
The Chateau still requires modernisation, but Romik is a firm believer in the old-fashioned way of making wines and wines that express the vineyards they come from. The wines are fresh tasting, fruit forward, not overly oaked with great aging potential.
Thierry Garnaud, the famous cellar master from Cheval Blanc is now working in Canon Chaigneau. He was there from 1988 to 2018 and produced many legendary vintages rated 100 out of 100 such as the 1990, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 & 2016. He now produces wines in Canon Chaigneau with the same passion and approach as when he worked in Cheval Blanc.
Medium/full-bodied, ripe, round, lusciously textured dark cherries, black plums, liquorice and chocolate are all over the place, in the nose and on the palate, which finishes with more ripe fruits & cocoa. Soft and silky, fresh and fruity, this is already easy and great to drink.