Hosanna 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPomerol
ColourRed
TypeStill

This small vineyard was created by Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix from the best vines of the former Chateau Certan Giraud. The first vintage was 1999. The 4.5 hectares are planted with 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc.


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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Hosanna has a sophisticated and quite beguiling bouquet that continues what I feel is a more cerebral take on the vineyard, earlier vintages being a little too ostentatious for my liking. This exudes panache and the oak here is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, enormous depth, harmonious and silky smooth in texture to the point where you almost overlook the power towards the finish. There is something ambitious about this Hosanna and it will surely age tremendously over the next 20 years. This vies with Trotanoy as one of the most enticing offerings from J-P Moueix this year. Drink 2023 - 2048.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

A final blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Hosanna is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose that simply sings of violets, chocolate-covered cherries and exotic spices with a core of crème de cassis, fragrant earth and blueberry pie plus a waft of wild thyme. The palate is medium to full-bodied, velvety, rich and seductive with tons of black and blue fruit layers, finishing with those exotic spices coming through.

Score: 96/98Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

This shows a very long finish with pretty fruit and sophisticated tannins. Chewy and exciting.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Hosanna is a big, deep wine, as it often is, and yet it also comes across as more delicate and translucent than is typically the case. Plush contours and silky tannins add to the wine's racy, voluptuous feel. In two separate tastings Hosanna was quite subdued, but that is not necessarily a bad thing for this typically exuberant, bold Pomerol. Hosanna is always a soloist, never an orchestra.

Score: 91/94Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018

Deepest crimson. Plenty of dark fruit but also a very slight herbaceous note, not unripe. Lots of finesse in the tannins here, real elegance, quite light on the mid palate but all in balance.
Drink 2024-2032

Score: 17Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

A deep colour, with cassis and black cherry supported by sweet, creamy vanilla on the nose. The palate is refined, with silky smooth tannins offering seamless Merlot texture. Polished, juicy and round, this is a hedonist's delight, but the fruit is well delineated and the acidity fresh. This toes the line between exuberance and elegance, leaving a harmonious yet sumptuous finish.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, April 2018

Depth of flavour the fruit is ripe sweet the palate has fleshy black plum fine tannins. The mid suppleness is underpinned by fresh black fruits balance and it fills out at the back sweet fruit depth of flavour. 2025-36

Score: 90/94Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

No frost and an early-budding year allowed the fruit to ripen well on this 4.5ha clay and gravel estate. The coolish but dry summer still translates into fruit character that is powerful rather than exuberant, but it's well handled and extremely enjoyable, restrained but rather beautiful. The tight tannins will need a good six years before drinking.
Drinking Window 2023 - 2038

Score: 93Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

In 2017 Hosanna shows a very strict nose, palate and finish and all of these elements are seemingly controlled by the acidity. I rarely sense that this is an austere wine, but the dominant oak and straightjacketed fruit are at the mercy of the brutal acid on the finish and this rebounds and washes back over the palate. There is fruit here and it seems to be sweet and pure, but it is enslaved by the more structural elements in this wine and I don’t think it will find a way of escaping.

Score: 17+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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