2010 Hosanna, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Beautiful nose with ripe strawberries, red apple and vanilla. Wonderful floral notes too. Sumptuous ripe red fruit and juicy acidity on the palate with finely knit tannins. Full-bodied and very juicy with a soft silky texture and good length. It's hard not to drink it now. But much better in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine displays plenty of black raspberries, black currants, espresso roast, Asian soy and plum sauce along with some mocha and chocolate. Beautifully rich, firm, and full-bodied, with sweet but abundant tannins, this is a classy, noble style of wine that should be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and drunk over the following 20. Remarkably, the alcohol, like most of the wines in the J. P. Moueix stable of Pomerols and St.-Emilions, hit 14.5%. (96+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, saturated purple-ruby; this really stains the glass. Wild aromas of fresh blackberry, raspberry, chocolate and white pepper: you can really smell the old-vines cabernet franc here! Then very big and rich, with intense lavors of fresh red fruit, cocoa and spicy underbrush. A highly concentrated, almost brawny wine that expands in the glass and builds on the extremely long, smooth finish. This will need plenty of time in bottle, but already strikes me as the most promising Hosanna to date. Drink from 2020 through 2045.
A fleshy, alluring style, with strong structure, displaying plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with incense, Lapsang souchong tea and violet notes. Almost creamy, this features a thread of charcoal lending extra drive and depth on the finish. Seems to expand rapidly in the glass, boding well for cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030.
This is a wine that is all tannin at this young stage. It is firmly dry and structured with a tight, dark texture. It has the concentrated fruit to sustain this initial severity, but will need many more years to show its power.
"A tiny production of only 1,000 cases in 2010 (versus 1,500 in most vintages)," notes Robert Parker, "its proprietor Christian Moueix has turned out a more tannic, structured, backward style of Hosanna than the 2009 or, for that matter, the 2008." (02/2013)