2012 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac

SKU #1192005 Jancis Robinson

 Fully ripe dark fruit. Lightly perfumed. Good harmony on the mid palate, lightish but refined and fresh. Maybe the tannins are just slightly drying on the finish. Drink 2017-2025  (10/2014)

James Suckling

 Some blueberry and mineral character, a light to medium body and a simple finish. Turns a little lean. But good flavors.  (2/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2015 | Send Email
I always found that Fourcas Hostein wines retain a nice balance between the old school style and the ripeness of the fruit. The 2012 is no exception. A bit of technical information: 50% of the vineyards is planted on gravelly soil in the area called "Le Fourcas", the other 50% is located on a clayey-chalky soil opposite the Château. As for the élevage, it spent 12 months in barriques (1/3 new)- 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
A great value from the people who make expensive accessories-Hermes. They have put millions into the property and the wines are now quite elegant and delicious. You can buy a case of this wine for much less than their store products. Try this one after opening 1/2 hour.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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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.
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