Hosanna’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by a floral, black raspberry, black currant, mulberry, Christmas fruitcake and licorice-scented bouquet. Full-bodied (especially for a 2012 as well as a Pomerol), rich, concentrated and strikingly pure, it combines great finesse/elegance with power and substance. It should drink well when released and age nicely for two decades or more. One of the stars of the vintage, Christian Moueix’s 2012 Hosanna (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) was created from very tiny yields because poor flowering in the spring caused significant losses to the Merlot crop. This wine comes close in quality to Petrus, Trotanoy and l’Eglise Clinet, three indisputable stars of the vintage in Pomerol. Drink 2013 - 2033
This is a curious one. Like the 2010, I am convinced that there is a day or two’s worth over-ripeness on the nose of the Hosanna. It is very ravishing and suave, when I want it to demonstrate more control and precision. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannins - tightly wound dark fruit and quite sharp acidity. It just needs the components to become more intertwined, to start singing from the same hymn-sheet. This sample is difficult to predict...it possesses the constituent parts to make a very fine Pomerol. We will have to wait and see.
Delicately leafy, then the real Moueix McCoy with those very fine, fine tannins, dry and savoury. On the more austere side but with a gentle demeanour. Very fine and elegant. Listen carefully; it does not shout. Drink 2017-2025 (JH)
Delivers a muscular core of plum and raspberry fruit, along with dark currant, black licorice and roasted apple wood flavors, which give a depth and power that belies the vintage's general character. A persistent, muscular edge on the finish is offset nicely by well-buried acidity. This is clearly a step ahead of the 2011.
A young wine with a tangy, fresh acidity and lots of subtle chocolate and berry character. It’s full-bodied, with integrated tannins and a long finish. Generous in the end. Sexy for the vintage.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.