In 1978 he founded Europvin, a Bordeaux based negociant company , specialised in the export of top quality wines from all parts of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. He “discovered” the Priorat in the early 1980′s and started exporting the wines from the only quality orientated estate in the area at the time, Celler Scala Dei.
In the early 1990′s Christopher met Alvaro Palacios and Réné Barbier, he quickly recognized the potential of the Priorat under the guidance of this “new wave” of young producers.
In 1997, with his wife Charlotte, he purchased Clos Figueras, an 18 hectares estate, just to the north of the reputed village of Gratallops in the heart of the best production zone of the Priorat DOQ. The soil here is the famous “llicorella” or schist that is the secret behind the distinctive mineral flavours that ranks the Priorat with the world’s greatest wines. Planted with the local Garnacha and Cariñena, with a dose of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines of Clos Figueras convey all the distinctive charm and personality of the Priorat with great finesse and exceptional elegance. The international wine press was quick to recognize the unique characteristics and world class stature of the estate. Already with the 2001 vintage, Robert Parker awarded Clos Figueras with 96 points and repeated the same outstanding score for the 2005 vintage.
Today Christopher is guided with the advice of Alain Graillot, famous for his superb Syrah based wines in the Rhône Valley of France. Apart from the acclaimed red wines, the estate also produces an outstanding white wine, mostly from the Viognier grape; additionally a magnificent olive oil from the Arbequina variety with the DOP Siurana.
Christopher Cannan is also co-owner of the famous Espectacle wine from the neighbouring Montsant district, a 100% Grenache from a 120 years old vineyard. The first vintage in 2004 immediately became a legend when Parker’s review awarded this wine with 99 points !
In recognition for his efforts on behalf of the wines of France, Christopher was made a “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole” by the French government in 1999.