2016 Hosanna, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299214 96-97 points James Suckling

 This really shows a lot at the end of the palate with a powerful, tannic finish. Even so, the fruit and flavor profile are very, very impressive. Lots of dark fruit and walnut undertones. Muscular Hosanna.  (4/2017)

94-97 points Vinous

 The 2016 Hosanna is outrageously beautiful. Creamy, ample and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet for such a big wine from clay soils, it exudes finesse from start to finish. The 2016 simply has it all. As always, the flavor profile leans toward the darker end of the spectrum, with hints of mocha and chocolate that are quite complementary. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. With time in the glass, the 2016 becomes more and more captivating. Hosanna is often a wine of allure. The 2016 is that, but it is incredibly elegant as well. (AG)  (4/2017)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. A very fine wine rich in both tannins and dense blackberry fruits. Fruity and ripe, it is a perfect reflection of the quality of this vintage and will age well. (RV)  (4/2017)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

 Delightfully ripe and pure, with cassis, cherry puree and creamed raspberry notes gliding through, carried by a polished structure and ending with a floral hint. Remarkably integrated already. (JM)  (4/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Hosanna is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. It has a clean, detailed bouquet with truffle-tinged black fruit, fine mineralite and impressive vigor, certainly less opulent than some of the Hosannas from the noughties. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a masculine Hosanna with fine tension, a little savory with black truffle and white pepper sprinkled liberally over the finish. I would have liked more flesh to show on the finish, although that should develop to an extent during its barrel maturation. Give this three or four years in bottle. (NM)  (4/2017)

93 points Decanter

 Just a beautiful dense, rich, perfumed Pomerol, with supple coffee and chocolate touches and ripe tannins. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from 4ha of gravel and red clay on iron-rich subsoil. (JA)  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Very deep crimson. Heady and seductive nose. Both rich and lifted. Real substance and richness. Polish and depth. Massive dimension. Panoply of spice and fruit. Very exciting. 18/20 points (JR)  (4/2017)

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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