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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 estate’s 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 its 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 their 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 were originally produced from the vineyard. Chateau Hosanna was 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 in 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, Chateau Lafleur, Vieux Chateau Certan, and Chateau Certan de May. 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: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 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 planted to 70% Merlot, much of which was planted during the 1950s and 30% Cabernet Franc, with vines dating back to the 1970s. 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. The property is located close to Vieux Chateau Certan and Certan de May and not far from Petrus on 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 have added a few stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. 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.
The wines of Chateau Hosanna are vinified at another Pomerol estate owned by Ets Moueix Chateau La Fleur Petrus.
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.
When to Drink Chateau Hosanna, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Hosanna is much better with at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages when it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more.
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 offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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
20 Vintages 169,877 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Dark in color, the wine is loaded with truffle, flowers, black and blue fruits and spice. Full-bodied with a serious depth of flavor, the wine is rich, supple, silky, long and intense. With the texture of velvet, the perfectly ripe, sweet, plums, cherries, blackberries, blueberries and dark cocoa holds on to your palate for at least 50 seconds. The purity here is just great. Give it a decade in the cellar and this will be a beauty. Clearly, this is the finest vintage of Hosanna ever produced. 97-99 Pts
2,306 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry fruits are all over the place. You also find truffle, smoke, licorice and chocolate to add to the fun. On the palate the wine is deep, opulent, rich, full and concentrated, with layers of silky, sensuous, chocolate covered, supple textured fruits that go on and on in the finish. 96-98 Pts
3,269 Views Tasted Sep 9, 2020
|2018||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Full-bodied, rich, intense and with the ability to age and evolve for 2-3 decades, this beauty is packed with black cherry, truffle, dark chocolate, smoke, thyme and earthy nuances. The finish is focused, concentrated and fresh, with layers of velvety, chocolate-coated dark red berries. Allow it at least 7-9 years before pulling a cork. 97 Points
1,379 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Truffle, chocolate, plum, smoke and earthy notes come through easily. Rich, full-bodied, silky, concentrated and loaded with polished, velvety, chocolate-drenched black cherries and truffle, this is exquisite. Give it 7-9 years before pulling a cork and this will be a cellar treasure. 96-98 Pts
3,678 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
There is a gravity of flavor that does not quit. The dark, juicy fruits are lush, long and sexy. The nose grabs you with its array of truffles, flowers and various dark red fruits. But it's when you return to the lusciously textured fruit on the palate that you say wow, take another sniff and sip and know this is rockin'! 95 Points
3,396 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Truffle, smoke, licorice, cocoa, plum and cherry notes create the perfume. On the palate, the wine shines with its display of silky, sensuous, chocolate infused plums and smoked, cherries. Everything is wrapped up with velvet textured tannins. Give this a decade in the cellar and this will be a beauty. 97 Points
3,047 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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. 95 Points
3,075 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Smoke, truffle, licorice, espresso and perfectly ripe black cherries create the nose. Full bodied and concentrated with layers of sensuous, ripe, deep, dark red fruits and chocolate coat your palate. But patience is required as the tannins need time to soften. Give it at least a decade and maybe a bit more. 96 Points
4,727 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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
4,685 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|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
2,948 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Hosanna was not produced in 2013. 0 Points
2,415 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
|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. 96 Points
3,398 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
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
3,401 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|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
7,339 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2012
|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! 96 Points
7,471 Views Tasted May 28, 2014
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. 95 Points
6,415 Views Tasted Aug 9, 2013
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
4,904 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Deep in color, concentration and flavor, the wine is rich, concentrated, complex and plummy. Still young for its age, you find a combination of smoke, truffle, espresso bean, black cherry and dark chocolate on the nose and mouth. Lush, opulent and deep on the palate, a few more years will a lot more complexity and refinement to the wine. 97 Points
3,895 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
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. 97 Points
5,123 Views Tasted Aug 13, 2013
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
6,292 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2010
|2008||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Seemingly young, with strong notes of licorice, espresso, smoke and truffle to fill the air. Concentrated, full bodied and layered with ripe, sweet, dark plum and cherry notes, give this a few more years before you start popping corks. 93 Points
2,369 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
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. 94 Points
5,384 Views Tasted May 4, 2016
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. 94 Points
3,157 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2013
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. 95 Points
4,428 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|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. 93 Points
2,879 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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. 93 Points
2,682 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2013
|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. 95 Points
2,682 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
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. 95 Points
5,341 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
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. 96 Points
6,019 Views Tasted Aug 14, 2011
|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. 92 Points
3,347 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
Plum, floral, cocoa and earthy aromas open to a ready to drink Pomerol with medium body and soft, elegant, plum and cherry finish. 91 Points
3,173 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
|2003||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Lightly colored, this reminded me of over cooked fruit. This medium bodied finished with an unappealing tart quality. 83 Points
3,369 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2008
|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. 94 Points
3,696 Views Tasted Oct 26, 2016
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. 93 Points
3,560 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2015
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. 93 Points
3,405 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2013
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
3,921 Views Tasted Oct 7, 2011
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. 92 Points
2,992 Views Tasted May 15, 2010
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. 92 Points
3,656 Views Tasted Dec 31, 2009
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. 90 Points
2,753 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2008
|2000||Château Hosanna (Pomerol)|
Youthfull, fresh, full-bodied, rich and luscious, the oak is now much better integrated than it was 2 years ago allowing all those juicy, ripe, sweet, earthy, chocolate dusted, dark plums and black cherries to come to the surface. The tannins are softening and the wine is filling out. Another 2-3 years and this could really start showing its stuff. 95 Points
2,809 Views Tasted Jul 6, 2020
Still a bit oaky, which is surprising at close to 20 years of age, the wine is full, deep, round, lush and fruity with its layers of licorice infused plums, cherry, truffle and dark cocoa. The wine has good intensity, but the oak needs more integration before this really rocks. 94 Points
2,764 Views Tasted Jul 17, 2019
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. 94 Points
3,228 Views Tasted Jan 29, 2016
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. 95 Points
4,422 Views Tasted Aug 17, 2011
|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. 89 Points
4,678 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016