2018 Hosanna, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407962 97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 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.  (5/2019)

95-98 points Wine Spectator

 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. (JM)  (3/2019)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (LPB)  (4/2019)

95-96 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/2019)

94-96 points Vinous

 The 2018 Hosanna has an intense and engaging bouquet with multi-layered black fruit laced with tobacco, cedar and mint, perhaps almost Left Bank in style at the moment. There is a lot of horsepower here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that frame the pure black fruit laced with white pepper, clove and truffle that segues into a slightly smoke finish. This is an assertive and multi-faceted Pomerol than manages to deliver finesse and refinement. Unquestionably this is a long-term prospect for those Pomerol-lovers with patience. (NM)  (11/2019)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This finely structured offers rich tannins that are already well balanced. Big, black fruit flavors from Merlot still have to push through this dense structure, but all the elements are there in this concentrated wine. (RV)  (4/2019)

93 points Decanter

 This is very good quality and clearly will age - powerful yet fresh, sculpted, with more than a touch of 2010 about it. It’s a more masculine take on the vintage but without sacrificing charm. Drinking window 2028 - 2040 (JA)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

93-96 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "I expected the 2018 Hosanna to be super-rich and flamboyant, but instead I am quite struck by how finessed it is. There is plenty of depth and intensity in the glass, but at the same time, Hosanna retains a level of both translucence and structure that make it wonderfully complete. My impression is that the 2018 is still holding quite a bit back in reserve, and that is a very good thing." (4/2019)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
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Wow-this wine is so exotic. Cabernet Franc sure shines through on this red berry flavored wine. A full mouthful here, but not jammy. Superb balance--delicious now!
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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2019 | Send Email
Extremely engaging and enticing aromatics of pure black fruit have you going back to the glass. It is rich and round on the palate with a melange of blue and black fruit. Still, with all of the depth, there is a telltale elegance as flavors expand through on an impressively long finish. It will be interesting to follow as it ages as there's a lot going on in Hosanna's 2018.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pomerol