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Hosanna 2018

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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 although only 3.5 hectares are currently in production. Less than 1000 cases will be produced in 2018.

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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Hosanna is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose needs a bit of swirling and coaxing before it soars from the glass with compelling blue and black fruit scents of blueberry pie, blackberry preserves and stewed plums, plus hints of spice cake, unsmoked cigars and violets with a touch of cloves. The full-bodied palate shimmers with opulence, laden with black fruit preserves layers, supported by seductively plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and oh-so-spicy. It is very tempting to drink now, but 3-5 years of patience will offer a little cerebral tertiary contribution to all that decadent fruit. It should easily cellar for 25 years thereafter. 2025 - 2050

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (End of Mar), March 2021

An intense, juicy red with lots of meat, berry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Pure fruit. It’s full-bodied and dense with lots of fine tannins and richness. So powerful and long. Super length. Very muscular, yet agile at the same time. Try after 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2021

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Darkest crimson. Lovely open and inviting fragrance of Cabernet Franc: pencil shavings, wild fruits and so vibrant. Lots of fruit energy on the palate, too, attractively dry tannins with finesse and more marked freshness on the finish but also a very slight bitterness at the very end, although I think this will mesh better with a few years in bottle. (JH)
Drink 2025-2035

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

Deep in colour, with a ripe, black fruited nose that is warm and exotic. Rich, juicy and plush on the palate, this is creamy but still firm with mouthcoating ripe tannins. The exuberance of the fruit makes this very creamy, plump and powerful on the finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The inky purple/blue-colored 2018 Château Hosanna is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, all from a tiny 11-acre vineyard of clay and gravelly soils in Pomerol. Close in quality to La Fleur Petrus and Trotanoy (also in the lineup from Christian Moueix), it has a magical bouquet of blue fruits, tobacco, scorched earth, graphite, and crushed stone that, despite coming from a deep, rich, primordial barrel sample, is still layered and complex. Full-bodied, deep, and seamless on the palate, with fine tannins, it's a profound Pomerol that's going to flirt with perfection on release.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

This has a strong tobacco and loam aspect, with lots of black currant, fig and bitter cherry fruit. Shows heft and muscle throughout. Dense and built for the cellar.

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019

(70 Merlot, 30 Cabernet Franc) This is a very concentrated Hosanna and the fruit is solely in the black spectrum with flashes of black olive and liquorice appearing, too. I like the bravado here, not least because the oak and tannins are in harmony with the fruit and this is quite some task because the fruit is certainly very opinionated! When this wine mellows and softens I think that I may have to add another half point, assuming that everything calms down a notch, too.

Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019
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This tension and focus to this is very impressive with a freshness and linear drive that really perk you up. Medium to full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a crisp finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

The 2018 Hosanna is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little closed to begin, giving way to black and red plum preserves, wild blueberries and boysenberries with suggestions of forest floor, bouquet garni and Marmite toast. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers profound, mouth-coating black fruits with firm, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a lingering herbal lift.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019
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