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Château Hosanna

Château Hosanna 2014

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 13, 2017

95 Points "Fascinating aromas of crushed raspberries, stones and flowers. Full-bodied, dense and concentrated with fruit, wet concrete and walnut skin. A wine that is tight and structured. Needs time to soften. Try in 2022."

Château Hosanna 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - December 31, 2013

95 Points "A fleshy, alluring style, with strong structure, displaying plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with incense, Lapsang souchong tea and violet notes. Almost creamy, this features a thread of charcoal lending extra drive and depth on the finish. Seems to expand rapidly in the glass, boding well for cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030."

vinousmedia.com - Stephen Tanzer - July 31, 2013

94 Points "Good deep red. Sexy aromas of plum, raspberry, chocolate and tobacco. Superripe, lush and sweet, with a remarkably round texture to the concentrated flavors of red fruits, caramel, mocha, spices and iron. As creamy as this is, there's solid underlying structure here from the wine's cabernet franc component. Finishes plummy and very long, with palate-saturating sweetness."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - May 01, 2013

94 Points "This is a wine that is all tannin at this young stage. It is firmly dry and structured with a tight, dark texture. It has the concentrated fruit to sustain this initial severity, but will need many more years to show its power."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 03, 2013

96 Points "Beautiful nose with ripe strawberries, red apple and vanilla. Wonderful floral notes too. Sumptuous ripe red fruit and juicy acidity on the palate with finely knit tannins. Full-bodied and very juicy with a soft silky texture and good length. It's hard not to drink it now. But much better in 2017."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 01, 2013

96+ Points "This wine displays plenty of black raspberries, black currants, espresso roast, Asian soy and plum sauce along with some mocha and chocolate. Beautifully rich, firm, and full-bodied, with sweet but abundant tannins, this is a classy, noble style of wine that should be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and drunk over the following 20. Remarkably, the alcohol, like most of the wines in the J. P. Moueix stable of Pomerols and St.-Emilions, hit 14.5%. A tiny production of only 1,000 cases in 2010 (versus 1,500 in most vintages), its proprietor Christian Moueix has turned out a more tannic, structured, backward style of Hosanna than the 2009 or, for that matter, the 2008."

Château Hosanna 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - July 2012

94 Points "Deep ruby. Brooding nose hints at blackcurrant, violet, minerals and white pepper... a steely quality to the intense dark fruit and white pepper flavors. Finishes long and clean, with a return of the violet note and a repeating white pepper nuance."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - March 31, 2012

93 Points "There is a lovely plush feel here, with roasted tobacco and fig notes carried by velvety tannins. Deceptively dense, with darker currant and anise notes blossoming through the finish, which still manages to stay supple and rounded. This steadily opens in the glass."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - February 15, 2012

98 Points "Stunning aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate, hazelnut and black olive skin. Full- bodied, with ultra-fine tannins that feel fine silky on my palate. Long finish of coffee bean, chocolate and dark fruits. Best Hosanna ever."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2012

95 Points Cellar Selection "Impressively weighty wine, with a fine combination of tannins, full fruit and a solid, chunky core. The wine is rich, but it also has a sweet acidity. Powerful ageworthy wine, never losing sight of elegance."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 2012

99 Points "This is the finest Hosanna that proprietor Christian Moueix has yet made, produced from a 15-acre parcel that usually yields about 1,500 cases. The 2009, a prodigious blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, offers up an exquisite aromatic concoction of blackberries, plums, Asian soy, forest floor, truffles and graphite. Along with its stunning concentration, remarkably thick, juicy mid-palate and unbelievable complexity, its viscosity and opulence take this wine to new heights. This extraordinary wine is one of the superstars of 2009 and one to enjoy over the next three decades."

Wine Spectator Insider - James Molesworth - January 18, 2012

93 Points "There is a lovely plush feel here, with roasted tobacco and fig notes carried by velvety tannins. Deceptively dense, with darker currant and anise notes blossoming through the finish, which still manages to stay supple and rounded."

Wine Journal - Neal Martin - December 20, 2011

95 Points "The Hosanna 2009 certainly repays a little patience. Allowing three of four minutes to open up, it offers a very complex bouquet with crushed strawberry, violet, a touch terracotta tiles and a little white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins but real weight and dimension. Quite sturdy and stout, one of Christian’s 'grippier' Pomerol wines with enormous persistency towards the finish with a peacock’s tail of gorgeous spicy notes. This is one of the finest wines from Hosanna that I have tasted."

Château Hosanna 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin - March 05, 2012

91+ Points "The Hosanna 2008 has a sweet and sour note that dissipates with time, coalescing into the classic liquorice-tinged, dark berried fruit laced with mint after time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins, a little tough at the moment and the Cabernet Franc is very expressive. Sinewy and introspective at the moment, this is a long-term Pomerol."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2011

93 Points Cellar Selection -- "Austere wine, its tannins pushing forward to give power and structure. It is dense, concentrated, with layer upon layer of bitter coffee and dark fruit flavors, acidity and sweet tannins."

Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin - January 2011

93+ Points "Tasted at JP Moueix. The Hosanna 2008 outstrips my expectations out of barrel. As suggested back then, it is much more "classic" and even "austere" on the nose than recent vintages of Hosanna in their youth. Red-berried fruits, a touch of cigar box, smoke, liquorice and later some attractive mint aromas emerge. The terroir is more transparent compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, dry but supple tannins, very good fruit intensity with great weight and density towards the finish."

Wine Spectator - Thomas Matthews - 2011

90 Points "Fig, clove and tobacco flavors are dark and alluring in this muscular red, which has a thick, muscular texture, but a core of plum and currant fruit keeps it all lively."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - December 20, 2010

92 Points "Lovely nose of Merlot with milk chocolate and raspberry aromas. Lots of mineral character too, but subtle. Full body, with fine and silky tannins and an already delicious dark chocolate and berry aftertaste. Balanced and pretty. Give it two or three years. Hard not to drink now."

International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - May 2009

91-93 Points "Massively rich wine, featuring ripe black fruit flavors, tobacco and sweet spices. Finishes very long and seamless, with silky tannins."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2009

96-98 Points "The outstanding 2008 Hosanna...possesses the extraordinary complexity and aromatic intensity of a great vintage of Cheval Blanc. Unctuously-textured with a dense purple color, excellent richness, and dense black fruits intermixed with forest floor notes, this sensational wine will merit close to a three digit score when released. The tannins are high, but very ripe and melted, and the wine’s purity is awesome."

Château Hosanna 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - March 31, 2010

90 Points Outstanding 2007 Red at 90 points: "Aromas of chocolate, toasted almond and dark fruits follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a pretty finish. There's lots of delicate fruit, with outstanding length."

Wine spectator - James Suckling - June 08, 2008

88-91 points James Suckling's Top-Scoring 2007 Bordeaux Barrels: "This very good ripeness and concentration for the vintage."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - May 2008

88-91 points "Deep ruby red. Pure aromas of cassis, blackberry ans licorice. Nicely dense and supple, with ripe, fine-grained darkfruit flavors and noteworthy volume and baby fat for the year. Quite primary today. Finishes ripe and persistent, with enticing sweetness to the dark berry flavors."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2008

89-91 Points

Château Hosanna 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin - February 13, 2008

89 Points "Ripe cherry and a touch of dried orange rind...Smooth entry, good extraction...Opulent, tannic finish – modern in style..."

International Wine Cellar - Steve Tanzer - May 2004

91 Points "Bright, deep red. Sexy, quintessential Pomerol aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, cherry, leather and smoke. Lush, pliant and seamless; round, broad and shapely but classically dry. Finishes with noble tannins and excellent length. Very suave and stylish wine."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - March 2004

92 Points "Subtle aromas of chocolate, berry and mineral follow through to a medium-to-full bodied palate, with very well-integrated tannnins and a long berry and fresh herb finish. Very long and refined. Builds on your palate. A relatively new wine from Christian Moueix of Petrus, and on the rise. Best after 2007."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - June 04, 2001

93 Points "Sadly, there are only about 1,000 cases of this offering produced from the finest parcels of old wines carved from the vineyard previously known as Certan-Giraud. A wine of admirable complexity, elegance and purity, it possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as wonderful notes of blueberries, mint, acacia flowers, espresso, and white chocolate. Opulent, rich and pure, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin and wood, it is a beautiful offering that is not far off the pace of the exceptional 2000. Kudos to proprietor Christian Moueix. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2014."

Château Hosanna 2005 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - May 2008

94 points "Good deep red. Quintessential merlot aromas of raspberry, plum, espresso and sexy oak, with a whiff of mushroom. Big, rich, seamless and sweet, but with beautifully integrated acidity giving the wine excellent thrust. The intense but utterly suave red fruit flavors power straight through the substantial ripe tannins. Finishes with lovely aromatic persistence and excellent grip. Gorgeous, refined wine: Christian Moueix refers to this as "the feminine version of Petrus."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - March 31, 2008

96 Points "Dark color, with blackberry, jam and dark chocolate aromas. Full-bodied and tight, yet powerful, with velvety tannins, caressing finish."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2007

94-96 Points "As I have written so many times before, this is a wine of extraordinary nobility and complexity whose aromatics frequently resemble those of its near-by neighbor, the famed St.-Emilion, Cheval Blanc. ...[I]ts fruit comes from the finest parcels of what used to be known as the Certan Giraud vineyard (the remaining parcels go into Certan Marzelle). The dense plum/purple-tinged 2005 Hosanna offers up sweet aromas of mocha, black raspberries, cherries, cassis, smoke, and flowers. Luscious, opulent, and medium to full-bodied with exceptional class and potential, it should be at its peak between 2012-2025+."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - June 20, 2006

93 Points "Intensely chocolaty; the fruit is ripe, firm with dark cocoa flavors. The acidity is delicious."

Château Hosanna 2004 Archived REVIEWS

QRW - Richard Elia - September 2010

A Four-Star Vintage: "...the wine resembles its prestigious neighbors, Pétrus and Cheval Blanc, with its engaging blueberry nose, its anise and rich current flavors. The silkiness so important to Hosanna is enticing. It's still evolving, still intense, with sensuous texture and a marvelously long finish. It's Pomerol for the serious."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - June 2007

90 Points Outstanding "More structured and tannic than usual, the 2004 Hosanna reveals a noble bouquet of spring flowers, cedar, menthol, and caramelized sweet black cherries and currants. The flavors are rich, savory, and medium to full-bodied, but strong tannins appear in the finish, suggesting 3-4 years of bottle age will be beneficial. It should drink nicely for 12-15+ years thereafter."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - June 2007

93 Points "The style of the property seems to hone in on structure and tannins, but the fruit, dense and black, is also there."

International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer - May 2007

90 Points "Good bright, deep red. Fresh, nuanced nose combines red cherry, tobacco, truffle, smoke and earth. Plump but fresh and intense, with an attractive restrained sweetness and firm underlying structure. This rather sexy and accessible Pomerol spreads out nicely to coat the palate, and finishes suave and lively, with firm tannic spine."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - March 31, 2007

91 Points "Bright blackberry, forest fruits and freshly cut flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Lots of black licorice and fruit character. Needs some time to develop in the bottle. Best after 2010."