Croix Canon Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012
Made predominantly from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Saint-Émilion wines tend to have a rich, mouth-drying tannic structure, which is balanced by the more juicy characteristics of plum and black cherry fruit, along with chocolate and sweet spice, developing savory tobacco and cedar characteristics with age.
The best Saint-Émilion wines will exhibit a terrific mineral vein, the result of vines being planted on the region's limestone escarpment. Vines planted on sandy soils tend to produce grapes that make lighter styled wines.
Croix Canon is crafted with precision and care. In the cellar, the gravity-flow fermenting room allows for gentle yet thorough extraction. Made primarily from Merlot grapes with some Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 10% of which is new.
The nose is fresh, delicate, and fruity. The palate is silky with an intense aromatic expression and firm tannin structure. A long and graceful finish displays the balance and poise which define Croix Canon. Match this wine at cellar temperature to a variety of dishes based on red meat or pair it with ripe cheeses.
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