2010 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac

SKU #1144312 89-91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Big, bold, tannic wine, the dry core of tannins leavened by the black currant juice acidity. There is some extraction and a strong wood element, although the wine does profit from its freshness.  (6/2011)

90 points James Suckling

 Lovely aromas of flowers and berries follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. So drinkable now but better in 2016.  (3/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Slightly deeper than its sibling namesake, Fourcas Dupre, the 2010 Fourcas Hostens exhibits some notes of cigar smoke, red currants, roasted herbs in a straightforward, slightly deeper style. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)  (2/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque inky-purple. Delicate floral aromas of violet and lavender perk up richer black cherry, licorice, and graphite elements. Fresh and juicy, with a rather cool character and good definition to its gently extracted cherry flavor. Finishes moderately long and firm, with mounting but fine tannins. (ID)  (5/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Taut, with a lightly chalky frame to the core of tobacco leaf, plum skin and steeped cherry fruit. Keeps a sinewy edge through the finish. Drink now. (Web Only-2013)

K&L Notes

One of the best value Bordeaux in our stores. Clyde gives it 100 points for value vs price.

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