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Chateau Hosanna History, Overview
Chateau Hosanna does not have a long history in the Pomerol appellation. Until quite recently, the vineyard was used to produce wines previously sold under the name of Chateau Certan Giraud. In the estates formative years, the vines were part of the vast de May estate which gave birth to Vieux Chateau Certan, Certan de May and the aforementioned Chateau Certan Giraud and other properties. During the early to mid 20th century, the estate was known as Chateau Certan Talazac. By 1950, the vineyard was selling their wine using the name of Chateau Certan Marzelle.
Jumping ahead to the modern era, following the frost of 1956, the estate became the property of the Giraud family who renamed the winery, Chateau Giraud. The Giraud family later sold the vineyards in two separate transactions in 1999. They sold best parcels to Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix. The remaining 4 hectares of vines were purchased by Jean Hubert Delon, better known as the owner of Chateau Leoville Las Cases. Those vines were used to increase the size of Chateau Nenin, which is owned by Jean Hubert Delon and his sister.
When the sale first took place in 1999, Christian Moueix planned on selling the wine using the name Chateau Certan. While Alexandre Thienpont of Vieux Chateau Certan had no problem with a new Pomerol wine being sold as Chateau Certan, due to objections from the owner of Certan de May, who felt that name was too similar to their estate, Christian Moueix chose the name Hosanna for his new winery. One of the first moves made by Christian Moueix after taking control of the vineyard was to improve the drainage. They also added deep wells to the property, which further helped remove excess water. His next step was to replant much of the vineyard that was previously used to produce Certan Marzelle.
Two wines are now produced from the vineyard. Chateau Hosanna is produced from the best fruit and oldest vines found in the vineyard. The remaining fruit was bottled and sold as Certan Marzelle. Certan Marzelle is no longer in production. The terroir is situated on the heart of the Pomerol plateau. The vineyard has old vines which are planted on clay and gravel soils not that much different than its neighbors, Petrus, Lafleur and Vieux Chateau Certan. Their oldest parcels were planted in 1956, 1957 and 1978.
Hosanna is one of the top, new Pomerol properties to watch. This exciting, new, Right Bank winery announced its intention to produce stellar wines starting with a pair of back to back hits, 2000 and 2001! They have not looked back since.
The wines of Hosanna are rich, complex, full bodied and concentrated. They display the elegance and charm Pomerol is known for. In 2008 and 2009, Hosanna produced some of the most compelling Bordeaux wines of the vintage. In an interesting move that clearly shows the level of quality the estate wants to produce, the entire crop of 2013 Hosanna was declassified due to problems with the Merlot.
The best vintages of Chateau Hosanna are: 2016, 2015 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001 and 2000.
Chateau Hosanna Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 4.45 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Hosanna is located close to Vieux Chateau Certan and Certan de May and not far from Petrus on the famous Pomerol plateau. The vineyard of Hosanna is planted to 70% Merlot, much of which was planted during the 1950’s and 30% Cabernet Franc, with vines dating back to the 1970’s. Many of the Cabernet Franc vines are old at close to 40 years of age. The terroir is gravel with red clay soils. The vineyard is on the top of the famous Pomerol plateau.
For the production of Hosanna, two laser sorting tables have been in use since 2009. Chateau Hosanna uses thermoregulated concrete vats and since 2004, they added a few stainless steel tanks. There are no bleeding of the tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The press wine obtained from vertical basket presses is added or not during the élevage, depending on the vintage.
The wine of Hosanna is aged in close to 50% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 14 months. The aging can be slightly longer, depending on the character and quality of the vintage. The wine is racked 3-4 times per year and is fined using egg whites in the second winter in an effort to produce the best Pomerol wine possible. The wines of Chateau Hosanna are vinified at Providence, another Pomerol estate owned by Ets Moueix. Once the production of Providence was discontinued, the estate was renamed La Fleur Petrus, which is now where Hosanna is being produced.
Not much wine is made at this small Pomerol estate, in fact the average annual production of Hosanna is close to 1,500 cases per year.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Hosanna with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Hosanna is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 to 2 or 3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Hosanna is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Hosanna is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Hosanna Wine Tasting Notes
16 Vintages 100334 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Flowers, black cherry, boysenberry, truffle and dark chocolate pop right up in the perfume. Kind of an earthy Pop-Tartt. Deep ruby in color, this is all those things you associate with a sophisticated wine. The tannins are doing a little black cherry jig on your palate long after the wine has traveled on.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 712 Views
2015 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Licorice, espresso, spice box and black cherry liqueur dash out of the gate and off the block into the perfume. On the palate, this wine is all about the smooth textures and dense, lush, black plums and black raspberry liqueur in an endless finish. The harvest took place from September 11 to October 1. The wine was produced from a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. 95 - 97 Pts
Apr 27, 2016points - Tasted 1575 Views
2014 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Spicy black raspberry liqueur on the nose, this wine is soft, polished and silky, finishing with a ripe, fresh-picked dark cherry and chocolate note. 92-94 Pts
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1674 Views
2013 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Hosanna was not produced in 2013.
Apr 25, 2014points - Tasted 1700 Views
2012 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Coconut, dark chocolate, white flowers, sweet plums and a hint of truffle open the wine. If that’s not enough to charge your engine, the pure, silky, sexy, sensuous, vibrant textures and velvet tannins will seal the deal. This is another 2012 Bordeaux that really improved from barrel to bottle.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 2763 Views
Good concentration of flavor with ripe black cherries, truffle and earth, the wine is sweet, long, fresh and sensuous with a long, complex finish. 93-95 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2814 Views
2011 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Deep in color, chocolate, floral, black raspberry, cherry, oak and plum scents are easy to find. Plush, round textures, with layers of silky, velvety plum and cherry is made better by the wine’s freshness and length, which feel great on the palate. 93-95 Pts
Apr 21, 2012points - Tasted 4422 Views
2010 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
If you're looking for dark chocoalte, boysenberry, truffle and flowers, you can the right place. Silky, smooth and sensuous, this plush, sweet, fresh wine leaves you with an opulent finish. Another 5 years in the cellar and this is going to explode!
May 28, 2014points - Tasted 4856 Views
With a good depth of color, the wine is packed with boysenberry, plum, black truffle and smoke. On the palate the wine is full bodied, deep, long and intense, with a polished, fresh, long, intense finish that delivers layers of black cherry liqueur sensations. This will need at least 5 years of age before it softens.
Aug 9, 2013points - Tasted 5415 Views
2010 Hosanna Deep ruby in color, the wine is filled with chocolate, boysenberry, floral and truffle scents. Full bodied, rich and silky in texture, the wine ends with a luscious chocolate covered cherry and spice finish 95-96 Pts
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 4059 Views
2009 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Deep ruby in color, the wine exudes truffle, flowers, chocolate, plum liqueur, cherry and thyme in the nose. The wine is concentrated with silk and velvet textures, ending in a wave of pure, powerful, ripe, sweet, lush black cherry and plum. The second sip was too good not to swallow. It's become pricey, but it's a truly fabulous, decadent example of Pomerol.
Aug 13, 2013points - Tasted 4371 Views
2009 Hosanna opens with an inky purple hue. Smoke, black and blue fruit, earth, fudge, and kirsch aromas. Powerful, full bodied, and concentrated, with layers of silky fruit, this decadently styled Pomerol fills the mouth while coating the teeth and palate with ripe berries, chocolate, and spice. The finish lasts close to 60 seconds. 97-98 Pts
Jul 27, 2010points - Tasted 5579 Views
2008 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Full bodied, lush, round and plummy, with an earthy, floral, black cherry, truffle and espresso nose, the wine feels great on your palate. Not quite there, you can give this wine more time as it has the structure to age nicely.
May 4, 2016points - Tasted 2818 Views
Popped and poured, plum, chocolate, truffle and black raspberry aromatics took little effort to find. Full bodied, rich, plush and easy to taste, this is a very nice style of Pomerol. However, a few more years of age are going to add a lot of complexity and softness in texture.
Nov 30, 2013points - Tasted 2400 Views
Deeply colored, almost inky, the wine feels like pure polished silk as it flows over your palate. Rich, opulent, and decadent in style, this ripe wine is pure velvet with a lot of intensity. The extremely long finish coats every nook and cranny of your mouth.
Jul 30, 2009points - Tasted 3737 Views
2006 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
The epitome of Pomerol, combining floral, truffle, espresso, dark red fruit and licorice elements. Refined, structured and elegant, the full bodied wine is graceful, young, long and fresh. Give it another 4-6 more years in the cellar and it should develop a lot more nuance and grace.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 2149 Views
Structured, rich and concentrated, this is more supple textured than many Pomerol wines from 2006. Packed with ripe, juicy plums, truffle and choclate covered cherries, I'd let this rest until at least 2016 before starting to enjoy its ample charms.
Nov 17, 2013points - Tasted 2059 Views
2005 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Sensuous, silky and smooth, with a wealth of plush fruits, oak and earthy, this sexy wine can be enjoyed now, or if you delay your gratification, you’ll be rewarded with even silkier textures and complexities.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 1898 Views
This sensuous, powerful, concentrated Pomerol is filled with chocolate covered black cherry, truffle, earth, flowers and plum. The opulent textures and deep, long, luxurious finish complete the experience. Still young and tannic, give it a few more years to add more complexity.
May 3, 2012points - Tasted 4690 Views
From a typical Pomerol blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this opulent, lush, sexy, rich and exotic style of Pomerol is filled with dark chocolate covered plums, flowers, truffles, licorice, earth, figs and black cherry liqueur. This is a decadent Bordeaux wine that offers true hedonistic experience. Give it another 4-7 years before it really begins to strut its stuff.
Aug 14, 2011points - Tasted 5336 Views
2004 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Roses, chocolate, truffle and black cherry aromas let you know you are in Pomerol. Soft, sweet and silky, this is starting to open and deliver the goods.
Nov 30, 2014points - Tasted 2794 Views
Plum, floral, cocoa and earthy aromas open to a ready to drink Pomerol with medium body and soft, elegant, plum and cherry finish.
May 3, 2012points - Tasted 2730 Views
2003 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
Lightly colored, this reminded me of over cooked fruit. This medium bodied finished with an unappealing tart quality.
Mar 17, 2008points - Tasted 2933 Views
2001 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
The double decanting for 2 hours really helped, as the wine softened and lost its oaky qualities, morphing into a soft, elegant, sensuous, plummy, chocolate, floral and truffle filled treat.
Oct 26, 2016points - Tasted 1753 Views
This has entered its prime time drinking window. And why not? It's close to 15 years of age. With an hour of air, the dark chocolate, plum, black cherry, truffle, licorice, earth and floral character start to shine. The wine is full bodied, fresh, plush and offers a lot of pleasure today.
Aug 16, 2015points - Tasted 2705 Views
This is one sexy wine. With its velvet textures, truffle, plum, chocolate and floral aromas, silky fruits and lmulti-ayered finish, it's hard to put the glass down. This is one of those wines that is finished all too soon.
Nov 16, 2013points - Tasted 2941 Views
2001 Hosanna was produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine required coaxing to generate the earthy, truffle, black and blue stone fruit and chocolate aromas. Plush tannins and good concentration are an important part of this Pomerol's make up. The wine ends with a tight, cocoa and plummy finish. This bottle was more closed than previous examples. 91 Pts
Oct 7, 2011points - Tasted 3467 Views
This begins with sweet, spicy roasted fruit and mineral aromatics. On the palate, its opulent texture finishes with a splash of sweet, ripe, chewy plums topped with dark chocolate.
May 15, 2010points - Tasted 2544 Views
Deep ruby color. Plums, chocolate and jam on the nose. Very fat, big, dense and concentrated on the palate. Note to self, revisit in 5 years.
Dec 31, 2009points - Tasted 3222 Views
This proudly strutted its earthy, plummy, spicy charms. Already accessible, this will not be a long ager. But, it's going to award ample pleasure over the next decade.
Mar 17, 2008points - Tasted 2329 Views
2000 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
The wine needs about an hour of air to soften and come together. On the refined, elegant, earthy, fresh side of the style range, it reminds me of Vieux Chateau Certan.
Jan 29, 2016points - Tasted 2363 Views
The second vintage for this Pomerol gets better every time I taste it. Flowers, ripe black and red plums, chocolate, truffle, anise and 5 spice aromas pop from the glass. Polished, sensuous, long and silky, this rich, concentrated wine feels great as it coats your palate with delicious waves of chocolate covered plums, spice, licorice and black cherry liqueur. Another few years will add more complexity and character to this already beautiful Pomerol wine.
Aug 17, 2011points - Tasted 3778 Views
1999 Château Hosanna ( Pomerol)
The debut vintage from this new Pomerol winery is medium bodied, bright, fresh and elegant in style, offering a red berry, herb, earth and espresso character, with notes of thyme. This is at peak and does not want, or need further aging.
Oct 25, 2016points - Tasted 1748 Views