- Château Hosanna
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2028 - 2044
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, April 2022,
The 2021 Hosanna was picked from September 24 to October 6. It presents a beautiful bouquet of delineated, focused black cherries, blueberry and wilted violet scents, plus a hint of gravel in the background. The palate is fresh on the entry, presaging a typical solid structure, and quite saline, demonstrating much more grip and substance on the finish compared to, say, Latour à Pomerol or La Grave. Cellar this for 4–6 years if you can. Drink 2029 - 2050
Wine Advocate, April 2022,
The 2021 Hosanna is a fleshy, expressive wine, offering up aromas of sweet plums and berries mingled with spices, licorice, rose petals and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, broad and open-knit, it's a lively, charming wine that will likely take on more depth and structure with further élevage in barrel.
Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
The 2021 Hosanna is a pretty wine, but it is also a bit disjointed at this stage. At times, Hosanna appears to be a touch light, while in other moments the wine is more brooding in character. Coulure was a big issue in younger vine Merlot. Because of that, the 2021 relies more on the older vines, which date back to 1957. Yields were down to 28 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to the more typical 35 or so, which might also explain a sort of intensity that has not taken a clear direction yet. What seems pretty evident, though, is that the 2021 lacks the opulence that is such a signature here. Edouard Moueix explained that the 2021 may spend more time in barrel than normal, which would not surprise me given its current awkward stage. Élevage will be everything here. Drink 2031-2046
Goedhuis, April 2022,
Perfectly positioned on the plateau beside Vieux Château Certan and Certan de May, Ch Hosanna is the most hedonistic of the Moueix family’s Pomerol estates. Almost ostentatious, it exudes characters of dark spiced black fruits, hints of tobacco, liquorice and Moroccan spice. Strikingly opulent, with a great dollop of rich fruit, it is all kept in check by its freshnes and the granular nature of the tannins providing complexity and nuance.
Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
Spices, truffle, espresso, chocolate and red pit fruits with a strong note of flowers and a hint of licorice create the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, energetic, fresh, supple, polished and vibrant, with layers of dark chocolate, cherries, black plums, coffee bean and blackberries. Yields were low this year at only 28 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place September 24 - October 6. Drink from 2025-2045.
Jane Anson, April 2022,
Beautifully constructed, cheerful, if a little tight, this needs time to round out, but has delicious sculpted fruits and spiralling gunsmoke and grilled earth that focuses the end of play. Harvest September 24 to October 6.
Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
Hosanna certainly packed a flavour punch in 2021. It is more concentrated, and higher-tone than others on the nose, and the fruit seems rigid, almost electrified, and tense. The acidity is equally nervy, and the tannins are active and feisty. This makes for a rather unusual flavour underpinned by energy and traction. I don't know whether it is an indicator of a longer life or simply that it needs more barrel-time to smooth out. Either way, it is action-packed, and the depth of fruit and floral additions are particularly head-turning.
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.