The 2016 Hosanna is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. It has a clean, detailed bouquet with truffle-tinged black fruit, fine mineralite and impressive vigor, certainly less opulent than some of the Hosannas from the noughties. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a masculine Hosanna with fine tension, a little savory with black truffle and white pepper sprinkled liberally over the finish. I would have liked more flesh to show on the finish, although that should develop to an extent during its barrel maturation. Give this three or four years in bottle.
Drink Date 2020 - 2040
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
This really shows a lot at the end of the palate with a powerful, tannic finish. Even so, the fruit and flavor profile are very, very impressive. Lots of dark fruit and walnut undertones. Muscular Hosanna.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Hosanna is outrageously beautiful. Creamy, ample and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet for such a big wine from clay soils, it exudes finesse from start to finish. The 2016 simply has it all. As always, the flavor profile leans toward the darker end of the spectrum, with hints of mocha and chocolate that are quite complementary. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. With time in the glass, the 2016 becomes more and more captivating. Hosanna is often a wine of allure. The 2016 is that, but it is incredibly elegant as well.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Very deep crimson. Heady and seductive nose. Both rich and lifted. Real substance and richness. Polish and depth. Massive dimension. Panoply of spice and fruit. Very exciting.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This small vineyard was formed from the best vines of the former Chateau Certan Giraud. There is 85% Merlot here and 15% Cabernet Franc and the wine tends to be more powerful and muscular than most of the other JP Moueix Pomerols. Spicy and herbal on the nose, notes of coffee bean and forest floor make for an enticing bouquet. The palate is fresh, peppery and juicy with cherry and plum fruit. Firm, chalky tannins provide muscular bones which are fleshed out by the juicy red fruits. Long and savoury on the finish, this is an accomplished, classically-styled Pomerol.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
Concentrated rich fruit the nose has sweetness the palate is supple and fleshy rich ripe damsons. An underlying freshness balances the tannins firm but fine lighter at the back with ripe fruit giving richness and sweetness on the finish. 2025-38
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Some of the vineyards on gravelly soils suffered in 2016 but Hosanna, with its high percentage of old vines on the plateau, appears to have coped just fine. It’s a grippy, sappy, savoury Pomerol with scented oak, plenty of underlying structure and a floral lift. 2024-34
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Just a beautiful dense, rich, perfumed Pomerol, with supple coffee and chocolate touches and ripe tannins. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from 4ha of gravel and red clay on iron-rich subsoil.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|