2012 Hosanna, Pomerol (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Close to perfection, this extraordinary blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc seems to have hit all the high notes in 2012. Inky ruby/purple with stunning concentration, a multidimensional mouthfeel, skyscraper-like texture and fabulous purity of blue, red and black fruits, this is a tour de force from this estate owned by Christian Moueix. The potential complexity and sheer compelling quality of Hosanna is amazing. Aromatically, this may be the most profound wine of the vintage. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
The 2012 Hosanna is the ripest, most exuberant wines in the Moueix stable this year. Plum, crème de cassis, cloves, licorice and lavender race across the palate. Hosanna is quite possibly the most flamboyant Pomerol of the vintage. Layers of super-ripe blue and purplish-hued fruit build as this deep, exotic wine shows off its distinctive personality. Personally, I find the style a bit over the top, but the Hosanna is undoubtedly very fine. The blend is approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Firm, closed and still tough, this wine has enormous potential. It’s concentrated and impressively dense, dark with the fruits layered with acidity and tannins. It does have much of the bold fruit of the vintage that will develop gradually. For now, it is a brooding wine, waiting to come round. Drink from 2024.
Aromas of stewed fruit, stones and green olives. Full and round textured with chocolate and spice character. Long, velvety mouth feel on the finish. Fresh. Sexy for the vintage. Better in 2017.
This leads with a smoldering tobacco leaf note and good dark plum and blackberry fruit that stays very focused, picking up graphite and plum cake details on the finish. Polished and supple overall, this puts on weight with air, revealing lots of latent length. Best from 2017 through 2027.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-purple. Strawberry, cassis, violet and a hint of underbrush on the expressive nose. Suave, sweet and fine-grained, with harmonious, soft acidity nicely framing the delicate, pure flavors of flinty strawberry, smoke and underbrush. Spreads out nicely in the mouth and finishes long and floral, with fine-grained tannins. You can really smell and taste the cabernet franc here. (ID)
Delicately leafy, then the real Moueix McCoy with those very fine, fine tannins, dry and savoury. On the more austere side but with a gentle demeanour. Very fine and elegant. Listen carefully; it does not shout. 17.5/20 points.
The bright purple fruit is nice, fresh, and clean, and a touch on the herbal side. The 2012 does not possess the deep, exotic fruit of many vintages but will be a fine early-drinking wine. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)